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HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 07:57 09/10/2012
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Peter Lambert has a new exhibition at Kina called Berlin.

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Taranaki artist Peter Lambert is bringing a taste of Europe to Taranaki with his recent exhibition, titled Berlin.

His prints and paintings are on show at Kina this month and are based on a five-week trip to Berlin he made in October last year.

Many of the works are based on the comings and goings around the Berlin cafe, Bateau Ivre, where Lambert and his wife spent much of their time.

"That was our hangout, so most of the characters were drawn from people and things we saw there," he said.

"I wanted to give people a realistic overview of where everything came from."

A prominent feature of the exhibition is his painting Demonstration on Unter den Linden, based on a protest against Pope Benedict XVI on day one of their trip.

Lambert said it was an incredible sight.

"There is a lot of feeling against the pope over there," he said.

"But it wasn't violent at all, just noisy and colourful, and I guess theatrical is probably the best way to describe it."

A professional artist since 1982, Lambert said the exhibition was also a way to celebrate 30 proud years in the industry.

He has no plans to slow down as he continues to develop new techniques, some of which can be observed in the exhibition.

Most of his works incorporate spray paint and black enamel that has been "dribbled" on to the surface using a palette knife - a modern technique which is becoming a favourite of Lambert's despite the intense focus it demands.

"I'm very happy with the exhibition," he said.

"I have been able to develop a technique that I'm very happy with.

"It's very energetic, and the paintings reflect the energy and vitality of the place."

He said that although the Berlin trip was a great experience, there was also an element of sadness to it, after a close friend they had intended to visit died suddenly in Berlin last year.

The Okato artist has dedicated the exhibition to his friend, who came from New Plymouth.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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