South Island artist to launch new gallery
At 11.11am on January 11 in 2011 New Zealand's newest art studio will open in Kaikoura with an exhibition symbolically entitled 18.104.22.168.11.
The figure represents the time, month, day and year the studio opens.
Ruth Stirnimann said she based her exhibition around the number one because she saw it as the initial number of creation.
She was the only New Zealand artist to have her work showcased at an international exhibition in Buenos Aires in August.
The new studio is a precursor to her exhibitions in Sydney and New York next year.
Stirnimann is well known for her two painting styles: evocative abstract and straight line geometric.
She said she picked up her geometric style when she first started painting in kindergarten.
"I remember when I look back kindergarten was the first time I created the geometric style.
"When we had the freedom to do what we wanted with paint," she said.
She currently has exhibitions on display in Queenstown and Cheviot.
The new studio will be open Fridays and Saturday from 11am till 1pm.