Works depict episodes from life, year by year

01:06, Dec 27 2012
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Eastern Southland Gallery staff member Julie Blacker beside the Matthew Couper collection.

Another year older, another painting - this is how one New Zealand-born artist celebrated his 33rd birthday after creating a different piece of art to represent each year of his life.

Matthew Couper, who now lives in Las Vegas, created the selection of autobiographical paintings, named Thirty-Three, which are on display at the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore, to tell a story of his life experiences from birth through to adulthood.

Couper's works are greatly influenced by Spanish colonial artistic traditions and Latin American devotional painting.

The paintings, on tin, are accompanied by three large-scale paintings which draw the exhibition together.

Eastern Southland Gallery curator Jim Geddes said it was enlightening for those interested in art history and religious painting.

It also offered a dramatic, skilled and thought-provoking exhibition for the casual viewer, he said.

The works will be on display at the gallery until January 27.

Admission is free.

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