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Bartley + Company Art is showing the work of seven emerging and established artists whose work asks questions about the nature of the contemporary visual and how art, of whatever media, operates in the world. These artists raise questions about the nature of their media and all share an interest in issues of boundary. Visceral, witty, and warm, the works speak to each other and make a clear statement about the importance of ideas as the driver of contemporary art.
André Hemer is a painter whose work explores the intersections between digital media and painting. His works embrace and reveal the transformations and transactions occurring between the contemporary digital image, and the traditional painting object. He has exhibited widely internationally and his work is on the cover the recent Thames & Hudson book 100 Painters of Tomorrow with a work we sold at Sydney Contemporary 2013.
André Hemer completed a PhD in Fine Arts at the University of Sydney in early 2014.
Anne Noble has been described as a “most subtle and poetic of practitioners” producing work that is “strangely arresting and almost always profoundly moving”. A highly acclaimed senior artist, her newest work investigates the honeybee and its place in our world, taking us beyond what might normally seen in a photographic image. We are pleased to be giving this significant new series its first outing in Australia.
Anne Noble is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Concern with colour, form and how painting operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas and stretcher is at the heart of Helen Calder’s practice. Her three-dimensional paintings push the limits of her medium to adopt the terrain of sculpture.
Helen Calder has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury and been exhibiting regularly since 2003.
MARIE LE LIEVRE
Marie Le Lievre’s painting plays on the border of abstraction and figuration. Described as having an “extraordinary ability to manipulate liquid paint into mesmerising sensual surfaces”, she is interested in slippage and corrupting any notion of purity in genre. She paints in oil on canvas with great understanding of this ancient medium’s tactility, tone, depth and power of evocation.
Marie Le Lievre has a Master of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of Canterbury, and has exhibited widely in New Zealand and in Australia, Japan and France.
Judy Millar is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded and internationally successful artists. She has participated twice in the Venice Biennale, the global art world’s most prestigious event, representing New Zealand in 2009. Much has been written about the Millar gesture — its bold, expansive, assured form swirling across her chosen surface whether canvas, paper or vinyl or, sometimes even taking painting off the wall and into sculptural form.
Judy Millar has an MFA from the University of Auckland and lives between Auckland and Berlin.
Mary-Louise Browne is a sculptor of words. She explores the metaphoric, material and visual qualities of language in a range of media including neon, granite, glass, metal, canvas, leather and paper. There is a delight in the double entendre and the clash of media and meaning and high art and the sign writer’s craft.
Mary-Louise Browne graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland. In addition to exhibiting, she has produced several major public art works.
Drawing and sculpture are entwined in Peter Trevelyan’s practice. Tiny 0.5mm graphite mechanical pencil leads are joined together to create “astonishing” sculptures that may also be seen as built drawings, covering a diverse range of geometrically simple and complex structures varying in scale from tiny to huge. In 2014, Christchurch Art Gallery purchased a large six-meter work.
Peter Trevelyan has a doctorate in Fine Arts from Massey University Wellington. He been exhibiting since 2000 and has built up an impressive exhibition history, particularly in the public sector.