Artist friends team up for exhibition

Artist Gill Allsop.

Artist Gill Allsop.

They started their art journey together and now two artists are still combining forces 12 years on.

Gill Allsop and Ro Clarke first met when they were studying at the Learning Connexion, where they forged an enduring friendship. They are now combining forces in their exhibition Diversity 2.

The pair have different styles but both said they have a love of colour in common and their use of acrylics. Clarke said she is interested in architectural forms and houses.

"I chop and change a lot. I was doing New Zealand houses, then I did some English and then a couple from Amsterdam snuck in too. Shapes, very geometric shapes and things that interlock graphically is what interests me."

Allsop loves experimentation and abstraction and like Clarke, she doesn't stick to one style.

"I will often start with colour and an idea rather than anything specific and work it from there. I am attracted to the landscape as well, but I like to interpret it in my own way realistically."

Clarke and Allsop have always met up at least once a month to talk about art and Allsop said it has always been good to have a sounding board.

"It is good to have an arty chat. We both like having no boundaries and we like to keep an open mind."

Clarke and Allsop have had numerous joint exhibitions in the Manawatu and Kapiti districts and have individually exhibited around the country. They both share their knowledge in workshops within their communities.

Diversity 2 will be on display at Palmerston North's Square Edge Community Gallery until May 18.

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