Times and tides reflected in continuity of work

Last updated 12:59 05/10/2012

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Palmerston North artist Beth Charles has a new exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

Some Inner Tide, New Work in Print and Stitch opens today and features 12 mono-prints and relief prints, three stitched works on canvas and a rug that the artist has designed for Dilana Rugs. Beth Charles says the works are a variation on a theme.

"Some works have bright contrasting colours, others are harmonious, but all reflect my inner tide of inspiration, which ebbs and flows according to my mood."

By limiting her visual options, and working within them, it gives a continuity to the series of prints, which mirror the format of the textiles.

"‘Dragged by the force of some inner tide' - these lyrics sung by Pink Floyd in their song High Hopes seem to perfectly sum up my method.”

Featured as a part of Some Inner Tide is a luxurious Dilana rug created by the Christchurch company and based on a design by Charles. The original artwork was exhibited at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts in the 2008 exhibition 24 Hours: What a Difference a Day Makes and was noticed by a representative of Dilana after being shown the artist's work.

The chosen work, titled And then it's time to go has been produced as a hand-tufted 2sqm, 100 per cent wool pile rug meant for a floor or a wall.

Dilana Rugs converts paintings, prints or other works into carpets and Dilana rugs bearing John Bevan Ford designs are throughout the Palmerston North Public Library.

English-born Beth Charles came to New Zealand with her family in 1982. She has exhibited in New Zealand and internationally, winning several awards for her work. Her first exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts was part of a group show hosted by the gallery in January 2007 entitled Connection: New Pacific Studio, NZ.

Charles is a member of the New Zealand Print Council and has previously taken courses annually at the Slade School of Arts in London.

She is represented in corporate and private collections in New Zealand including Massey University and Telecom and in collections in Australia, the United States, Britain, France and Japan.

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