Art Asylum honed by natural colours

Last updated 05:00 11/10/2012
Wayne Patrick
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ARTIST: South Canterbury’s Wayne Patrick is inspired by the beauty of his surroundings.

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The colours of the South Island are alive inside the Art Asylum gallery in Grey Rd.

The gallery is now exhibiting works by local artist Wayne Patrick, a South Canterbury native whose paintings are inspired by the dramatic landscapes and rich hues of the Mackenzie Country and other areas around Timaru.

Many of the pieces on display are landscape paintings. The works span a variety of mediums, including acrylic and oils.

The show also features Patrick's finely detailed paintings of native birds he has encountered in his travels of New Zealand.

Patrick said he has never formally studied art, but has been self-taught through trial and error.

He has taught others for several years through tutoring programmes at local schools.

He also runs the Indigo Art programme, providing lessons and an open studio for artists to hone their talents.

Indigo Art periodically organises field trips for the students into some of the South Island's most beautiful and inspirational country. Lake Alexandrina is a personal favourite, Patrick said.

A portion of the proceeds from sales in his Art Asylum show will go toward purchasing canvases and paints for Indigo Art participants who need a little help meeting the cost of supplies.

Indigo Art is open to both kids and adults, and Patrick said he also regularly works with special needs students.

The exhibition of his works is scheduled to run until November 10 at Art Asylum in Grey Road.

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- The Timaru Herald

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