Faces in the crowd

JO HILLS
Last updated 09:33 19/08/2014

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It's called Quite a Crowd.

The third and final exhibition of pastel portraits by New Plymouth- based artist John Sargeant is set to open at Stratford's Percy Thomson Gallery on August 29 at 7.30pm.

Sargeant admits to being more than a tad nervous about this exhibition as it is running concurrently with the Adams portraiture award exhibition also held at the Percy Thomson Gallery. In fact, this is the reason Sargeant called his exhibition Quite a Crowd as his work adds to the infinite qualities of the human face he has been working on for the last two years.

Sargeant's works are all pastel on recycled black paper with two emerging styles. One style is based on rich colour and the other on subdued shades, each reflecting different characters according to their tonal qualities.

Sourced from images of people from magazines, books, and people he comes into contact with and what he has picked up from various sources, the works show different cultures and backgrounds.

The one aspect Sargeant focuses on is the eyes which he says give the works their character and soul. Quite a Crowd runs until September 27.

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