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Rayner Brothers exhibition

Posted on April 08, 2016 by a Kina Angel.

Art Decade

For the past decade brothers Mark Rayner and Paul Rayner have been producing art and running their own successful studio and exhibition space, ‘Rayner Brothers Gallery’, in Whanganui.

This exhibition features a number of ceramic works commemorating the late David Bowie, including three collaborative teapots.

In addition to his ceramics, Mark has also been making hand latched rugs, often featuring contentious subject matter including the notorious ‘Black Widow’ Helen Milner.

Paul has often drawn from pottery’s rich history, such as Staffordshire figurines, New Zealand Titianware and the Toby jug tradition, coupled with his own pop sensibility.

This is the first time the Rayner Brothers have exhibited in New Plymouth.

Art Decade opens at Kina Gallery on April 8th at 5pm and runs through to May 3rd.

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Ilya Volykhine

Posted on March 23, 2016 by a Kina Angel.


New Painting Exhibition by Ilya Volykhine at Kina

11 March - 5 April 2016

Ilya Volykhine is set for his second solo exhibition at Kina NZ Design Space in New Plymouth. Ilya's paintings are darkly comic, the characters within his pictures battling their way through the anxieties and joy of life, his narratives loose, playful and chaotic.

What lies at the heart of these paintings is Volykhine’s intuitive process, his willingness and confidence to allow the story to unfold as he paints, his expressive brushwork opening up a space for his characters to breathe, to take on a life yet unexplored. This confidence in allowing the picture to speak for itself gives him time to understand his subject matter, invest each painting with emotion as each character confronts the vagaries of life and reflects his own view of the world. One that is both incisive, humorous and poignant.

It’s the work of a man who has experienced much over his life. He left Russia for New York in his early 20s before moving onto Australia 10 years later and finally New Zealand where he now calls home. This constant moving, this ongoing migration and learned assimilation, informs his work, each picture a collation of experiences and acute observations. A wry look on a world that is too often closed off.

Not formally trained in the arts, Volykhine had developed his own comic aesthetic, a stylized language that is both literate and poetic, a comic farce which remains rootless and fluid, an ever evolving style that is not confined to historical convention. Here’s what he has to say about his own work:

'I paint from my memory and imagination, everyday images of people in a whimsical world of farce. The work is generally based around exploring domestic interior/exterior spaces and how the figure moves, sits and interacts within these places. I love the feelings of awkwardness that my paintings project through the mixture of both naive brush work, stylization and strange situations.'

This year has certainly started off well for Volykhine; he has been selected as one of 59 finalists in this years Adam Portraiture Award at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. He has been selected for a 3 month Artist's Residency Program in Tartu, Estonia from August to October and has also been invited to participate in IMAGO MUNDI, Luciano Benetton's world art project combining 80 countries and numerous artists in an exhibition that will travel the world and culminate with a book featuring the entire collection.

Grass Grows On My Tongue opens at Kina NZ Design Space on 11 March and will run through to 5 April 2016. 

To view artworks from Ilya's exhibition click here

For further information about Ilya Volykhine or his work, please email sales@kina.co.nz or phone 06 759 1201.

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Paul Hutchinson - Caput Mortuum

Posted on February 12, 2016 by a Kina Angel.

Opening Night 12th February - Closing 8th March 2016

Paul is a self taught painter who has been living and working in Taranaki for the last forty two years.
Paul tends to avoid giving people a message with his art, however more recently, he has found subtle political overtones creeping into his work.
"We are living in volatile and disturbing times".

Caput Mortuum literally translates as death's head. Paul has reached an age where he is considering, not only his own mortality, but also the possible mortality of the human race.
Caput Mortuum is also a symbol used to denote a useless byproduct of an alchemical process, and it is also the name of a deep earthy violet pigment he uses in his painting.

Most of the paintings in this exhibition are of old glass bottles. Bottles are of course vessels to contain things. For Paul they also represent the old world.
"We look through them (through a glass darkly), and see things
distorted,reflected and refracted".

The local Taranaki Midweek paper ran an article on Paul and how he produces his colour pigments for his artworks.  This is an interesting read about a man dedicated to his paint!  Take a read by clicking on the link below.


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Show & Tell. Artist Barbara Franklet

Posted on November 04, 2015 by a Kina Angel.

This time last year the Kina Angels made a visit to Nelson and popped into see Barbara Franklet in her wonderful street front studio. Mockingbird Studio is a space filled with vibrant colour, quirky creatures and beautiful artworks.  

After visiting we made sure to book a space in our 2015 gallery calendar for Barbara to exhibit.  The exhibition runs through till 10th November. 

Take a stroll through her studio via our images and have a read of what she had to say.  

How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium? I have been creating all my life. But, my professional career began about 20 years ago. I began as a printmaker, but when my children were young it was very hard to get to the printmaking studio. It was then that I picked up oil pastels. I have since branched into mixed media as well.

Who do you look to or how do you find your inspiration? Inspiration is found almost everywhere. I am constantly amazed by the rich colours of the sky and sea. Nothing is more beautiful than lime green lichen and the grey sidewalk. I study a lot of graphic design, illustration and folk art. I love artists like Lynn Whipple, Jill Mayberg and Nicolas Wilton. I have a tremendous respect for well- known illustrators such as Peter Sis, Maurice Sendak and Shaun Tan.

If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish? On a perfect day, I would be in Houston, Texas. It would be a warm, sunny day in April. I’d wake early and tend the garden. Then, I would have a lovely breakfast at the Empire Café with some friends. After breakfast, I’d enjoy a nice swim. I’d work in the studio in the afternoon. In the evening I’d have a barbeque with my family. I’d end the day playing a game of Scrabble with Joanie and Rick. Then off to bed with a great book and my partner.

What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you? My favourite meal is Crayfish with champagne and a green salad. Dessert would be a Death by Chocolate cake. The crayfish would be prepared at one of those lovely beach carts in Kaikoura. I think my son Dean would make the cake as he loves chocolate as much as I do.

If you were to be an animal which one would you be? If I were an animal, I reckon it would be a dolphin. I love to swim and find peace in the water. Plus, I like how they travel in schools and are so animated and lively.


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Show & Tell. Print Maker Clare Makwana

Posted on June 29, 2015 by a Kina Angel.

Clare Makwana lives in the heart of Nelson and creates print works from her home studio. Not only was her space filled with beautiful objects and artwork, she was a lovely host and now a friend. We love having Clare's works here at KINA. Keep an eye on this one - she is one clever human!

How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium?

We were always making things as kids and it has just carried on …

My first printmaking experience was a standard four art lesson with Miss Perkins. I was hooked from that moment!


Who do you look to or how do you find your inspiration?

There are so many amazing printmakers both here in New Zealand and globally it is hard to think of a few names. I have always loved Japanese woodcuts. I find my garden inspiring as I love flowers.


If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?

My perfect day would include beaches or a sparkling river and of course hot sunshine! Great food and drinks, family, friends and definitely music and dancing. Fairy lights and candles would also be cool!


What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you?

I love Japanese food and I think cheesecake would have to feature! A very good cook.


If you were to be an animal which one would you be?

My dog Audrey has a wonderful life that I think I could slip into for a little while.


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