Back-country beauty on show

23:58, Feb 03 2014

Back country stations in Marlborough can be visited through the works of Blenheim artist Brian Badcock.

Sixteen of his works are showing in "Brian Badcock - Marlborough Plein Air Artist" at the Millennium Art Gallery in Blenheim until March 16. He painted nearly all of them "on location" last winter at Glazebrook and Stronvar sheep stations, settings he describes as "rugged" but "very beautiful".

Other paintings in the exhibition include one of Prosser's Hut at Onamalutu, scenes from the van Asch property in the Awatere and chickens at Cape Campbell.

Badcock, a former Bohally Intermediate School art teacher, has a private gallery on Leitrim St but says this is his second exhibition at the Millennium. He hopes local people will make an effort to see it.

"Many people will know where [the scenes] are, and they will be amazed at how beautiful the back country here is ... I want to enlighten people ... and for people to be edified and encouraged by what they see."


The Marlborough Express