Self-taught artist’s global suc­cess

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

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.

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