Artist sets up shop with river view

00:55, Jul 24 2013

Nelson artist Bill Burke has a new business that looks out over the picturesque Maitai River.

Mr Burke, a painter, has a new studio, gallery and picture framing business in a small wooden building on Ajax Ave.

Nelson woman Jay Farnsworth ran a picture framing business from the site after she sold Red Gallery.

Mr Burke worked at the shop as her picture framer before taking on the lease and changing the shop's layout. He has opened up the front room as a small gallery showing his work, the framing workshop is in the middle and he has a studio out the back.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings.

Mr Burke said he used to have a studio when he lived in Shelbourne St.


His wife, Caroline, had a stall at the Saturday market, selling his prints and cards, and he hoped that she would send a few people his way.

It was early days for the location and business.

He first started work as a picture framer in Nelson in 1979, working for Ian Savage and Co.

Mr Burke paints a variety of subjects and portraits.

Last year, Mr Burke's image of his sister-in-law's Irish partner, Stephen Rothschild, The Irishman, won first place in the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) exhibition.

Another portrait of long-time friend Kevin Satherley, with a chicken under his arm, was picked as one of 30 artworks to travel the country in the Adam Portrait Exhibition competition.