Artists Bios from Arts Revisited exhibition

Ann Filshie
I live in Woodend and have painted seriously since 1979, choosing local scenes, inspired by the golden fields, rustic gates and sheds in North Canterbury, and have also supplied a number of artworks on commission .
I have received numerous awards over the years as a member of the Rangiora Art Society where I became a life member , and also exhibited at Prosser Quirke Combined Exhibitions, Town & Country Art Society in Christchurch, Kaiapoi Art Expo, and as a “working member” of C.S.A.(C.O.C.O.) gallery. I held a one women exhibition there in 1982 and n Feb. 2005 with two other artists and exhibited at Chamber Gallery in Rangiora.

Sandra Duncan’s art is deeply rooted in the New Zealand land and
people. Largely a self-taught artist, Duncan was born in Mosgiel and
has spent much of her life in rural Canterbury. These two locales
have given her a feel for the South Island landscape and the spirit
of the people who inhabit it. This is clearly shown in her acrylic
paintings, with their landscapes and gently wry portraits. In
contrast, her meticulous pencil drawing explore the moods of the
people who have grown up in the land. These look more deeply into the
souls of her sitters, often by focusing on individual features such
as a hand or a facial expression.
Sandra Duncan acknowledges the wisdom and encouragement of Grahame Sydney, Gordon Sharp, and Margaret Hudson-Ware (among others) in her quest to hone
her artistic skills. Their nfluence can often be seen in her work.

Among the awards Sandra Duncan has won for her art are a 2010 Merit
Award and 2013 Mayor’s Choice Award at the The City of Dunedin Art
Awards, and People’s Choice Award at the 2012 and 2013 Kaiapoi Art
Exhibitions. Duncan exhibits regularly in Christchurch, Rangiora,
Dunedin, and Blenheim, and her first solo exhibition – “Stop – the
Housework can Wait” – was held at Chambers Gallery in Rangiora in
early 2014. Duncan is currently based in North Canterbury, where she
lives with her two teenage children.

Wilson Henderson is an experienced multishaft loom weaver, working from his Osclay Weaving Studio in Loburn. He uses a variety of fibres including merino, silk, tencel, bamboo and alpaca to create very fine handwoven fabric. He designs and weaves using PCW and the looms in his studio include three computer aided looms.
Wilson specialises in designing and creating scarves, wraps, garments for men and women and table ware. His exhibitions have also featured woven art pieces. He is an experienced teacher and mentor. Wilson has received many awards for his weaving, both locally and nationally. Commissions are a regular part of his work.
His work is sold in a number of galleries in the South Island. 
Until the Christchurch earthquakes, Wilson was one of the three weavers in The Weavers’ Studio in the Christchurch Arts Centre. His weaving can now be seen at his working studio in Loburn.

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This series of  Rae West’s new works includes silhouettes of old New Zealand botanical illustrations, plus a lot of  layers of colour and mark making using an eclectic mix of mediums such as gold leaf, oil pastels, quality acrylics and pencils. They give a nod to her passion for our unique environment but now slide closer to a freer and more abstract way of working. The use of the tondo in recent works allowers the viewer into a porthole paradise of colour and form.
She states  Í love being lead on a journey by my own painting process… The act of ‘mark making and splashing colour around is very instinctive both difficult and enjoyable..

Bio
Rae is a well known New Zealand artist who’s work has a focus on our natural flora and fauna. Her work includes free mark making, lots of intense rich colours and her signature gold leaf and shellac. She exhibits in quality galleries throughout New Zealand.
She lives and works out of her Fox Street Gallery in Clive on the coast in Hastings and welcomes visitors. She enjoys the support and comradeship of fellow artists in the region and the great wine and food on offer in the Hawke’s Bay. Visit her Facebook page to view her latest work, Rae West Artist.

Christine Lang
Born in Ashburton in 1963, Christine has painted from an early age. As a child on a farm in Mid-Canterbury she used to draw anything or anyone who would sit still long enough. Largely self-taught, she has undertaken local courses and summer schools and was influenced by many local artists. Nursing was her chosen career and later she had a short career as a flight attendant with Air New Zealand, consistently painting during her time off and selling through local galleries.
It was while living in Asia for 9 years that she started to consider her painting more seriously and began painting watercolour portraits of children on a commission basis. On returning to New Zealand she became inspired again by the local landscape especially the South Island and her landscapes in acrylic reflect her interest in the clarity of New Zealand skies and the intensity of colour that can only be experienced in very few other places in the world. Although best known now for her realism, Christine is a versatile artist and enjoys working with other mediums and varying subject matter.
Strong demands of family life and working part time at Christchurch hospital means that painting time is often limited. She now paints from home in Rangiora and her work can be found in private and corporate collections in New Zealand and overseas.
Awards
2008 Peoples choice award, Kaiapoi Art Expo
2009 Peoples choice award, Kaiapoi Art Expo
2010 Premier Award, ASA Annual Exhibition, Ashburton
2013 Finalist Landscape competition, International Artist Magazine
2013 Heartland Bank Award. ASA Annual Exhibition, Ashburton
2014 Winner, Seascape/River/Lake competition, International Artist
2015 Runner-up Landscape, Aspiring Art Awards, Wanaka
Represented by Artbox Gallery, Papanui Christchurch
Central Art Gallery, Queenstown
Majuba Gallery, Hanmer
Commissions welcomed.
www.christinelang.co.nz   Facebook Christine Lang-Artist
langgang@clear.net.nz  027 6220828

Marilyn Rea Menzies Koromiko Acrylic on canvas $1,950
Emma Johns  Shake-tember Oil on canvas, sadly is not for sale

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