Familiar artist moves into the unknown

Palmerston North artist Colin Hoare's new exhibition has taken him in a new direction.
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Palmerston North artist Colin Hoare's new exhibition has taken him in a new direction.

Colin Hoare has seen many changes in his career as a signwriter and his new art exhibition reflects on a skill set that is becoming a dying art.

Hoare has seen computers, commercial printers and new software programs move into his trade and said they allow almost anyone to replicate the skills of the classical signwriter.

"Signwriting is such a changing art form. Everything used to be done by hand and people see signs all over the place, but they often don't really look at them and see them for what they are, which is sometimes art."

Concerned that his work skills might be lost to future signwriters, the Palmerston North artist has produced a series of paintings that celebrate and document his work as an artist and commercial signwriter.

"I was also recuperating after a hip operation and needed something to keep my mind busy. I got to really experiment."

Colour is a great love of Hoare's and a real theme in his current exhibition.

"My initial aim is to produce work that is big and bright. I am trying to create paintings that when displayed would lift a room."

Known for his realistic portrait paintings and pen and watercolour wash drawings, Hoare said these new works have taken him in a slightly different direction.

"It's me just experimenting with paint and having a bit of fun playing with colour. It's been quite exciting because it is so different from what I have normally done."

Hoare is a self-taught artist who was recognised last year at the Feilding and District Art Society members exhibition where he won three awards for his paintings, including a premier award for best of show.

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Given Time and Space: Abstracted Imagery, by Colin Hoare,runs at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts until January 31.

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