Background forms artist's inspiration

16:00, Mar 14 2014
Artist Patrick Tyman
INTRICATE WORK: Artist Patrick Tyman with his painting Elucidation of the Appearance of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities in the Intermediate State of Reality. His exhibition 15 15 15 is on at the Aigantighe Art Gallery until May 18.

A background of living in India, England and New Zealand has inspired the latest Aigantighe Art Gallery exhibition.

Napier artist Patrick Tyman is showing 17 of his oil-on-canvas paintings, spanning from 1987 to 2013, in the exhibition entitled 15 15 15.

The exhibition is named for the time he spent in each country and reflects the influence each place has had, such as the vibrant colour of India and images of New Zealand and European icons.

He spent his earlier years in India and moved to England for education, including art school and emigrated to New Zealand in 1996.

This is Tyman's first exhibition in Timaru and the first time he has displayed some of his earlier work.

The Aigantighe was an outstanding place in which to show the big works as it was spacious and the lighting made the colours stand out, he said.


The bigger pieces on display took about 300 hours to complete. As they are so big, Tyman said he would have to roll them up to work on them.

He aimed to paint one big piece a year and also worked on smaller landscapes and silk prints throughout the year.

His favourite piece is his latest work called Paranoia Critical.

"I've spent all my life coming up to this point and learning the skills."

The exhibition runs until May 18 and Tyman hopes Timaru people get as much enjoyment out of his artworks as he had painting them.

The Timaru Herald