Artist follows family trend
Colourful vision has striking art effectsSAHIBAN KANWAL
The niece of Austen Deans is exhibiting her work at Timaru's York St Gallery.
Sarah Deans has followed in her uncle's and her mother's footsteps by expressing herself through art.
Austen Deans, who lived most of his life at Peel Forest, was renowned for his landscapes, many of which depicted the Canterbury high country.
Sarah Deans believes each colour has a whole depth of reality and that colours invoke different responses in different individuals.
This inspired her to create Magical Colours, an exhibition of landscapes on at the York St
Gallery until October 9.
''I have a very strong link with colours and I can carry colours in my head. The response of an individual to any colour can be physical, emotional, spiritual or intellectual.
''Like the colour blue for example. When people think of blue, they think of calmness and coolness. I use colours in my landscapes, but not in the way people would expect.''
Deans has been a professional artist for 25 years and has not been inspired just by her professional artist's family, but also by international artists like Russia's Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, who
used musical terms and analogies in his paintings.
American artist Georgia O'Keefe, who created large format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, has also influenced her paintings.
Deans also found inspiration closer to home. Her paintings are as much a cause of her imagination as they are of what she observes in her surroundings.
''I was brought up on the foothills of Darfield and I got to know the shapes and shadows of the land.
''I am now living in Akaroa and I like knowing the shape of the surrounding hills and the way light falls on them. I like to really know them.''
She sees the shapes of mountains and hills from a feminine perspective but her way of painting is versatile.
''I began painting when I was a little child and grew with my mother and uncle as artists.
''They studied classical art. But my painting style is versatile. I do all sorts of different things.''
Deans is also an informal teacher and her catchphrase is ''anyone can draw.''
- The Timaru Herald