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Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters, an exhibition by Tanya Blong

Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters, an exhibition by Tanya Blong

Kina NZ Design + Artspace is pleased to host the return of Muriwai based artist Tanya Blong, with her exhibition Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters. Since her hugely popular exhibition with Kina NZ Design + Art Space in 2017, Blong’s work has continued to rise in popularity with sell-out exhibitions in New Zealand and a strong Australasian following. Born in Australia and bred on the shores of Taranaki, Blong studied at Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, graduating in 2006. Her work ranges across 2D and 3D mediums, and she has exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Her work is held in international, private and public collections. Blong’s show Áqua Doce – Sweet Waters is an ongoing painted series known as “The Bathers”. It is suggestive of a mottled memory of time and place. It evokes hot heady summers and the intoxication of the tropical fragrant flowers and humid vegetation. The broody narrative hosts a suite of dark females, cloistered at waters edge, idyllic and inviting yet it holds an undercurrent, a tension perhaps? It’s that familiar place, but with further mining presents itself as much more. It is not just the elusive bygone era that Blong is addressing but the celebration of painting, the laying down of colour upon colour, the marriage of light and dark. It is this juxtaposition of colour that conveys emotion and eludes the viewer to a sense of inclusion or perhaps exclusion. The series developed after Blong spent five years living in Western Australia. The culmination of modern Australian art, the light and colour reflected in the landscape and the return home, developed the notion of place, specifically of the land owning us, as place being of kinship quality.
Artist - Ali Shannon

Artist - Ali Shannon

For many years Ali Shannon has combined jewellery making with working as a ski instructor/ coach - an unusual combination of careers, which has allowed her to travel and to live in both North America and in New Zealand. From 2001 to 2004 she lived and worked in a co-operative art centre in Ashland, Oregon. She now works from her home studio on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. Her work is featured and sold in various galleries in New Zealand and the USA. Ali started making jewellery in the 1980s. Her work has evolved from brightly painted wood earrings and brooches to her current pieces made primarily from sterling silver and rolled gold. She also incorporates copper and brass, paua and pink mussel shell, pounamu, pearls and a variety of semiprecious stones in her work. All her pieces are individually handcrafted. No two are exactly alike.
Artist - Alison Blain

Artist - Alison Blain

Alison Blain is one of New Zealand's best loved jewellers. Her gold and silver jewellery is sought after and held in private collections.

 Using custom-cut stones she combines her passion for colour and traditional craftsmanship. Alison skillfully uses details to enhance the natural beauty of the stones and precious metals. In Alison's words “I just want my jewels to add joy to your life!”
Artist - Angie Dennis

Artist - Angie Dennis

Angie has been painting professionally since 2002.  Originally from UK, she has made New Zealand her home since 1998. Angie has experimented in different styles and forms of art - from nudes, to abstracts, to still-life. But considering her background in Environmental Science, it is not a surprise that Angie found her passion in New Zealand nature and wildlife, preserving the indigenous flora and fauna throughout her artwork. With nature providing the foundation of her art, Angie now incorporates Kiwi life into her paintings and limited editions prints… although nostalgia has crept into her more recent artworks. Her art has been described as vibrant, contemporary and bold. Angie is continually inspired by what New Zealand has to offer, and is constantly pushing her boundaries in the way she sees life in her new found home, which perhaps explains her passion for preserving native flora and flora – the focus for many of her paintings.   Angie’s contemporary artworks  have complemented and enriched the interiors of many homes and businesses here in New Zealand and abroad.
Artist - Anna Gedson

Artist - Anna Gedson

Anna has a Diploma in Textile Design and sells her weaving throughout New Zealand.  Her work and family life was featured in the ‘Life in Balance’ episode of Country Calender 2012.  Anna enjoys working with a combination of natural materials, flax, feather and metal.  She loves the process of making things.  Her work is strongly inspired by traditional maori artwork, though she likes to give them a very contemporary feel and present them as a precious treasure or taonga. 
Artist - Annie Sandano

Artist - Annie Sandano

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Annie Sandano has since lived in New Zealand, Italy and the USA and has completed a large portion of the study towards her BFA degree abroad. Having completed her Fine Arts education at Elam School of Fine Arts with Honours and the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, Sandano has had successful exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She merges cultural factors from Brazil and New Zealand; assembling, collating and hybridising to reconfigure our traditional visual vocabulary. Sandano’s prints create a narrative of contemporary folklore with references to modern illustration, traditional Japanese woodcut prints and the respective histories of decorative and fine arts in Brazil and New Zealand. As well as printmaking, Annie works across a variety of fine art mediums, adamant about upholding traditional fine art practices within a contemporary context. Following her very popular and highly coveted collection of hand carved and hand printed limited edition wood cut prints, 2016 has seen Sandano develop her practice into the area of painting with the exhibition of a series of abstract acrylic paintings which have also been very well received and are now finding a place in major collections. Sandano’s works have been acquired by The Wallace Arts Trust, The Hilton Group and the Deloitte Art Collection to date. Other recent achievements include having two pieces were selected as finalists for the Waikato Society of Arts Waikato Youth Art Awards, and having a piece featured in Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambride’s private collection. Sandano also featured in Denis Robinson’s publication, New Zealand Gallery. Highly collectable and with a strong following, Sandano is fast becoming recognised as a significant contributor to contemporary printmaking and Fine Art practice in New Zealand.
Artist - Anoint Skincare

Artist - Anoint Skincare

Anoint skincare is an artisan skincare company based in the far North of New Zealand. They have two core ranges, a Baby range and a Body range.Their founding belief is that nature knows best.  They use all natural, skin nourishing ingredients to hand craft the Anoint range and are passionate about Essential Oils and their therapeutic properties.The unique, eclectic packaging is either upcycled, recycled, reusable or recyclable. Anoint incorporates damaged books, sheet music, maps, used stamps and recycled fabric into the presentation of the Anoint range. Where ever possible they use glass, ceramic, tin or cardboard to package our products.
Artist - Art by Otto

Artist - Art by Otto

Vaughan Otto was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He met his wife, a New Zealander, while travelling around Europe. They finally settled in Auckland to raise their family.They spend their holidays on the beautiful Coromandel peninsula at Matarangi Beach where he gets his inspiration for copper art pieces. He remembers his parents having his baby shoes plated in copper and this was the catalyst which inspired all things copper. His favourite pastime is travelling around the NZ coastline to find what treasures have washed up on the beaches and this is what influences his art pieces.
Artist - Barry Ross Smith

Artist - Barry Ross Smith

This series from Barry presents a variety of isolated islands, surveying a range of wild and domestic habitations. In each painting the oceans differ - the sky, the environment, the inhabitants, the time of day - all vary. They are a string of islands in flux; connected by change, demand and the relentless course of history and culture. The artworks can be viewed as theatrical tableau, reflective spaces which highlight mankind’s complex relationship with the land, its beast and the all encompassing ocean.
Artist - Borrowed Earth

Artist - Borrowed Earth

Borrowed Earth creates high quality ceramic art to be used everyday and appreciated for generations to come. Their work proudly reflects New Zealand's unique identity and honours Maori, Pacific Island and English family histories.They are constantly innovating and discovering creative new ways to express the inherent beauty of Aotearoa, New Zealand, drawing inspiration from the land, its people and our heritage.  Distinctly original, this range of ceramics celebrate the uniqueness only individually hand made pieces offer. Borrowed Earth chooses environmentally friendly production processes.  They are motivated to keep our environment clean and healthy, protecting the very Earth we Borrow from.Manaaki Whenua Manaaki Tangata Harere Whakamua.Care for the land Care for the people go forward.
Artist - Brad Novak

Artist - Brad Novak

Arguably New Zealand’s pre-eminent urban pop artist, Brad Novak (aka New Blood Pop) has work sitting sharply at the nexus between fine art and street art. Novak became the first artist in New Zealand’s history to exhibit with global superstars such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Mr. Brainwash, OBEY and BANKSY in the same show (Toronto, 2015). His debut solo show (New Blood Pop: An Urban Art Experience) also likely set a NZ attendance record, with several hundred people through the event in only 2 hours.Novak’s one-of-a-kind, hand-paper-collage & stencil-spray-painted works on wood (and limited edition screen-prints on paper) involve the layering of popular imagery. Fundamentally, both his work and practice are about keeping our inner child alive.He is currently showing internationally through galleries in the USA, Canada, the UK and New Zealand.
Artist - Brian Adam

Artist - Brian Adam

I delight in making jewellery with materials like silver, stone, gold, and steel and I'm fairly low-tech about it, meaning I use ancient ways with contemporary tricks. I use hand technology and make helpful tools from old car parts and railway sleepers. Maybe there's a sustainability sticker I could go for. Also I teach jewellery in our studio (which I call "Bush Jewellery") to encourage kids and professionals alike to be creative in metals and use lateral thinking with their ideas. To sum up, I try to make pleasing shapes into wearable and durable jewellery.
Artist - Camille Walton

Artist - Camille Walton

Throughout my life I have explored all kinds of creative outlets, and found that I can encompass all the elements I enjoy from working in other mediums into my jewellery. The colour and expressiveness of painting, the absorbing detail of drawing and in sculpture the tactile experience of modelling with the endless possibilities of materials. My inspiration is drawn from traditional forms but I like to up the ante with combinations of materials, playful colours, and scale.
Artist - Candy Clarke

Artist - Candy Clarke

Candy Clarke is an artist working in the medium of painting, usually acrylic on Perspex. Using bold imagery and strong colour she likes to create the illusion of a new painterly world, one that's trapped beneath the plastic, elusive, like the world behind the ubiquitous computer/TV/phone/camera screen.Visually related to the pop art of Dick Frizzell and Andy Warhol, Clarke presents images and symbols of everyday consumer items and "sells back what's already sold", toying with the viewer's desire to consume her art. Familiar objects such as packaged food are elevated to the status of serious art subject matter, often overlayed with text "like monuments in an uncertain landscape." Her use of multiple view points give her images movement. The inanimate become animated; her images are never really still.Clarke knowingly parodies twenty first century consumerism, suburban dissatisfaction and the continuous search for gratification. Reflected in her artwork, is society's insatiable appetite for more products. Subject matter is often a comment on topical issues. Clarke quotes icons of New Zealand art history such as McCahon's images and text, in a post-modern twist.Often using humour and double entendre in her art, Clarke also references advertising and its techniques that create illusions, and promote desire in the viewer/customer. She uses barcodes that commodify the paintings, and contain hidden messages. She also likes to involve the viewer in the work via the reflective surface, having to look through the distortions of reflection to find the "truth". Each viewing therefore becomes a unique personal interpretation.
Artist - Carley Anderson

Artist - Carley Anderson

Carley Anderson is a jeweller based in Dunedin and creates under the name Kali alongside her partner Stefan since 1999. Studied at the Otago school of art graduating with a bachelor of fine arts (major in jewellery and metal smithing) in 2000.In our work we explore the use of colour, texture and form inspired by our environment using as much recycled materials as we can.