Latest Seyb exhibition a balancing act

Destruction and tranquility displayed side by side

JOANNE BENNETT
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2013
Wayne Seyb
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

FINDING PEACE: Temuka-born artist Wayne Seyb in front of From Colombo St, an oil on canvas work painted after the earthquakes. Seyb has an exhibition on at the Aigantighe art gallery.

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From the turmoil of the Canterbury earthquakes to the tranquility of coastal New Zealand, Wayne Seyb's new exhibition at the Aigantighe is a contrast of encounters.

The exhibition, entitled The Star Below, places destruction and tranquility side by side.

Seyb spent two years creating emotive oil paintings in Christchurch's hardest hit areas, expressing the feeling of destruction by covering his canvases with thick paint, intense colour, and bold brush strokes.

The exhibition comprises seven paintings, two of the earthquake, and five of the Otago coastal settlement Karitane at night.

"I painted these works to find some sort of peace. In Christchurch everything around me was broken. I needed to find something whole, something simple. Painting at night in Karitane gave me that," Seyb said.

He lived in Karitane for 10 years, from 1990, and still owns a house there.

The Aigantighe exhibition has not been shown before as a collection.

Seyb is an abstract painter and poet who was born in Temuka, but now has a studio in Christchurch. His work is held in public collections in New Zealand and private collections in London, Munich and Zurich.

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