Artists explore environment

Last updated 15:37 07/02/2013
Caroline Bellamy
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CREATIVE GENE: Caroline Bellamy,17, left, and her sister Michelle, 25, with recent paintings.

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Reflections Art Gallery's latest exhibition brings together three artists from the Nelson region, each characterising unique aspects of the New Zealand environment.

Tangaroa, Papatuanuku, Ranginui - Water, Earth & Sky features works by Brian Strong, Michelle Bellamy and Robin Slow.

Bellamy's sharply detailed paintings capture the brightness and purity of New Zealand light.

Her new works explore aspects of water - transparency, movement, reflection, and colour.

Slow's latest works explore connections between Tangaroa, Papatuanuku and Ranginui - the gods of water, earth, and sky.

"These connections can be seen in a spiritual or physical sense, or as a sense of place: Our turangawaiwai, our place to stand," Slow said.

Strong's distinctive compositions depict New Zealand coastal landscapes, often yielding several images layered within the space of the painting.

  • "My contribution towards this show is a series of paintings based on skies, with water and the land," he said.
  • Michelle Bellamy, Robin Slow and Brian Strong; Tangaroa, Papatuanuku, Ranginui - Water, Earth & Sky, Reflections Art Gallery; opens February 12, runs until March 24.

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