Page laces paintings with personal stories

Last updated 08:01 29/01/2013

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Acclaimed writer, director and award-winning film-maker Greg Page has brought his passion for paint to New Plymouth in an exhibition on display at bijou eliot design studio + art gallery.

Although Page's music videos (for the likes of The D4, Elemeno P and Scribe), short films (claymations Decaff and The New Zealand Centenary of Cinema) and commercials have garnered him recognition, both here and overseas, this Auckland-based artist is just as serious about his painting practice.

His show, Collectrospective, offers the New Plymouth audience a chance to see works spanning almost 15 years.

Described as everything from "dark and scary to hilarious and self-effacing", the paintings show the hand of the artist - in some cases, literally.

"I barely use brushes, because I prefer to use my fingers, elbows and palms to really get one-on-one with the piece," he says.

Many are based on personal stories and experiences, imbued with his trademark humour. "His works are in national and international collections, including the Wallace Arts Trust and the living rooms of comediennes Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, of French and Saunders.

Bijou eliot design studio + art gallery is at 77 Eliot St (corner of Pendarves St), New Plymouth. The show runs until mid-March.

A variety of styles can be seen at Fritz Reuter Gallery's exhibition, called Taranaki Porcelain Artists.

Works include hand-painted plates, tiles, bowls, souvenirs, slumped and painted glass, dolls made to order and acrylic art. Most will be for sale.

The Taranaki Porcelain Artists group is a regular exhibitor at the Inglewood gallery and is back by popular demand.

The gallery, at 25 Rata St in Inglewood, is open daily from 10am to 4pm. The exhibition will run until Sunday, February 24.

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