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Artist celebrates a time of giving

ANGELA CROMPTON
Last updated 07:07 02/07/2013

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Community support for Hospice Marlborough is celebrated in a new exhibition opening in Blenheim on Friday at the Yealands Marlborough Art Gallery.

Titled The Giving of Art, it includes paintings from the hospice collection, donated by artists and families in Marlborough.

Blenheim House of Travel owner-operator Ian Welsh has given three of his works to the hospice and likes the idea of something he has created giving pleasure to others.

Welsh started painting 10 years ago and found it a valuable source and outlet for creativity. Professional commitments reduce the time he can spend in his make-do art studio - a bedroom he converted in his home - but he can be found there when time allows and the mood takes him.

Typical Ian Welsh works are contemporary abstracts created in oils with a brush or palette knife.

"I'm quite keen on colour, shapes, form and design . . . the effects can often be quite raw.

"Sometimes I might do a basic sketch; on other occasions I just develop things as I go. It might be as simple as a skyline and the shape of a building.

"I think art is important because it's an outlet for people's creativity and it provides inspiration on subjects that we normally wouldn't ‘see'."

Viewers take out of art what they want, though, he says.

"Often you see what you want to see."

He enjoys studying works by other artists and, on overseas travel agent assignments, he has had the good fortune to visit international galleries where original works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso were exhibited.

Welsh marvels at many artists' skills and interpretations but says the pleasure in art is a personal thing.

"My paintings have been hanging at hospice for three or four years and if they provide a degree of pleasure for people, I think that's wonderful.

"The hospice is a wonderful facility, it touches - sooner or later - most people in the community . . . it deserves all the support it can get."

The Giving of Art can be viewed from Friday to Sunday, July 14.

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