Geometric works in exhibition

A leading South Island artist based in Kaikoura will open a new art studio next month with her exhibition.

The figures represent the time, month, day and year the studio opens: 11.11am on January 11, 2011.

Artist Ruth Stirnimann has exhibited in Christchurch, Buenos Aires, Queenstown and Cheviot this year and her studio opening is a precursor to her Sydney exhibition in February and a New York exhibition in May.

She has two painting styles: evocative abstract and straight line geometric. The exhibition is symbolic of her geometric styles.

Stirnimann said she saw the number 1 as the initial number of creation and it could be related in her geometric works.

The new studio will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 1pm.

Stirnimann was the only New Zealander at an international exhibition in Buenos Aires in August.

Her Queenstown exhibitions are still open at the Wai, the Queenstown Lakes District Council reception and the Queenstown Events Centre. The Two Rivers Gallery, at Cheviot, is also displaying her works.

Stirnimann says she started painting at kindergarten and was unaware that mandala (circles) she loved painting were expressions of universal geometry.

"An important part of my painting education was the geometric design classes we had at the mathematical-scientific high school which I attended for a couple of years.

"Then in New Zealand, I had a very special art tutor, Gary Griffiths, in Nelson, who inspired me to paint full-time after I moved to Kaikoura six years ago. I am deeply grateful for his help and support until he died a few years ago."

Her first exhibition was at Forsyth Barr, in Christchurch, two years ago followed by a solo exhibition at the Fullmer Gallery, in Tasman, and the Art in the Dark show in Kaikoura last year.

Stirnimann is a Kiwi but was born in Basel, Switzerland. She has been a fulltime artist since 2004.

She says her paintings are expressions of creative, harmonious vibration underlying all life forms. They embrace changing patterns of being and support harmony and balance on a holistic level.

She sees her works as healing paintings, restoring harmony and equilibrium on an individual and universal level.

Ruth is inviting the people of Kaikoura to her exhibition in January.

It will be a two-day celebration at the new studio at 103 Harnetts Rd. There will be wine and cheese along with some live performances, and a chance to see some of Ruth's artwork and her studio.

Kaikoura Star