No defence against Ward's dark arts

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 06/12/2013

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His exhibition is "kind of dark" but Vincent Ward hopes Manawatu people enjoy it nonetheless.

The artist and film director was in Palmerston North last night to open the exhibition Ha Winter's Breath at Te Manawa Art Gallery.

The mixed-media exhibition is a collection of work about metamorphosis and human vulnerability. It will be on display at Te Manawa until March 3.

"It's about people simply trying to breathe and trying to find breath," he said.

Ward - who hosted a tour of the exhibition at noon today - said it was interesting to watch people's reactions to the work.

He invited people to take time to view the exhibition and find a connection with the art.

Ward has been an artist throughout his life but is best known for his film work.

His first feature film, Vigil, was released in 1984 and he has also been director and writer of The Navigator and River Queen.

In 1998 he directed What Dreams May Come, which won an Academy Award for special effects.

A Vincent Ward film festival is planned in Palmerston North this summer, though details are still being finalised.

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