Self-taught artist’s global success
A talented self-taught painter is set to reveal some tricks of the trade that led to her international success in the art world.
Rebekah Codlin from Picton is the star of a new Marlborough exhibition The 24-year-old artist is preparing for her first exhibition at The Gallery Havelock in Marlborough.
Featuring 12 pieces of her work plus some matted paper prints, Codlin will appear in person at the gallery on opening night to demonstrate how she paints and what inspires her.
Codlin says she has begun to make a move away from the celebrated African series she’s known for.
‘‘I’ve started to produce a few more figurative works and not just the portraits. I’ve been experiencing with different things,’’ she says.
Her latest exhibition, Human is the result of many months of hard work.
‘‘My larger pieces can take a while. The latest one took six weeks as it has a man in it wearing a chequered top that seemed to take forever.
‘‘Usually they take between three to six weeks but I’m so close to my own creations that I’m forever tweaking,’’ Codlin says.
‘‘Finishing a painting is one of the hardest parts as I always think I can do more.
‘‘I’m never completely satisfied with a piece but I think that comes from spending so much time with it,’’ she says.
Codlin sold her first portrait at 17-years-old for for $10,000 and garnered attention from galleries in the UK.
A chance meeting with an artist and gallery owner in Hawaii will also see her work go on display in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
But she says she’s not rushing to make any big moves.
‘‘There’s been some interest from the UK but I haven’t taken anything up yet as I want to do one thing at a time and then I’ll see what happens.
‘‘I stay quite grounded because the actual painting work is not the easiest thing to do and I do feel like I’m really working hard for it [recognition].
The exhibit will run from May 10 until June 8 at The Gallery Havelock, 60 Main Rd, Havelock.