Colour, freedom and movement celebrated in spring exhibition

Rotorua artist Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes will show work in New Plymouth gallery Kina NZ Design + Art Space's latest ...
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Rotorua artist Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes will show work in New Plymouth gallery Kina NZ Design + Art Space's latest exhibition.

Every mark of colour Talulah Lautrec-Nunes applies to canvas is done with abandon.

Navigating a space between expectation and surprise, the abstract creative works to let go of artistic control and tries not to overthink the constant decision-making that takes place in her Rotorua studio.

"I am convinced that the more I remove myself from the process the better the works end up being," she said.

The artist is known for her colourful abstract style of work.
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The artist is known for her colourful abstract style of work.

"I am just allowing the works to be made and then see what becomes of them."

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Lautrec-Nunes produces art loaded with effervescent colour and movement. She populates her canvases with bright jewels of colour and is no stranger to the intuitive game that is abstract painting.

A bevy of her work has made its way to New Plymouth and will be on display at Kina NZ Design + Art Space on Devon St West as part of its latest exhibition Euphoric Musings.

Also taking part in the exhibition is Lukeke Design's glass works, which have a similar feel to Lautrec-Nunes's paintings, the gallery owner said.

Flocks of cast glass birds and blown glass pendant shades compliment the intense colours of the paintings while displaying an obvious technical skill in the handling of the medium, glass.

​In recent years husband and wife duo Katherine Rutecki, of New York and Auckland's Luke Jacomb have respectively risen to the forefront of the international studio glass movement.

In 2006 they introduced Lukeke Design and created a studio in Avondale, Auckland, where they still operate from today.

"We collaborate to produce an affordable range of handmade cast and blown glass works," said Jacomb.

"We want to bring beautiful glass work into people's homes."

Their reputation is already firmly established in the United States and they are both represented in significant private and public collections, including the Ebeltoff Glass Museum in Denmark, Corning Museum of Glass in New York and the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana.

Kina owner Luella Raj brought the two styles of art together for the exhibition because of their similar use of bold colours.

"It's September, it's spring and it's always nice to start with colour," she said.

She also felt both the glass birds and the abstract paintings represented freedom.

"The freedom in Talulah's work and the style of her abstract painting, I feel it when I look at those birds flying in the flock.

"And when you watch people blowing glass their is a real freedom in the form...it's quite beautiful. They all just worked together so well."

  • The exhibition begins 5pm on Friday and will run until October 3.

 - Stuff

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