Exhibition of Central landscapes

18:30, Dec 14 2012
Gail de Jong
BANNOCKBURN VIEWS: Central Otago artist Gail de Jong in her studio working on pieces that feature in her latest exhibit that is on display in Gore.

Southland is the first to display a solo exhibit of an award-winning artist from Central Otago.

Painter and printmaker Gail de Jong has spent the past 12 months in her studio preparing nine oil-on-canvas works for display at the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore.

Her work is inspired by the landscape and gold mining history of Bannockburn and its surrounding valleys. Southlanders were interested in the dramatic landscape and hot climate of Central Otago expressed in her works, she said.

It was "a big occasion" to be asked to show her work in the gallery, she said.

"The gallery has such a good reputation. I was extremely pleased to do that [exhibit]," she said.

Eastern Southland Gallery district curator Jim Geddes said visitors could expect to see some fantastic artwork.

"She's captured the real essence of that particular place and various layers of the landscape," he said.

Gail has been painting fulltime since 2009 and has also taught art in Dunedin. She won second place in the 2011 Invercargill Licensing Trust Art Award and in the same year was a finalist in the Central Otago Art Awards.

The exhibit will be showing at the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore until January 24 and entry is free.


The Southland Times