Over This Singing Land

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1 October - 30 October


It starts with a single note as dawn peels the night sky away.....soon the cacophony joyously rises into the air.

Here is This Singing Land, full of the richness and musicality of birdsong and wingbeat that accompanies our lives.

There are times when even the land itself seems to sing with the rhythms of landform and sea, the colour and texture of the bushclad hills vibrate with life.

And at dusk, as the moon rises the Morepork calls the night in....

This collection of paintings celebrates our singing land.

On Banks Peninsula we have a wealth of song from many native and introduced species. Much of that diversity is supported by the many behind-the-scene people in our community (from individual landowners, volunteers, the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, Hinewai Reserve, DOC and CCC Rangers and Lincoln University), all of whom  value the land and its flora and fauna, by protecting pockets of native bush with QE11 covenants, with trapping and pest control and weed eradication, planting new areas of bush, and research and study, to enable the birdlife to find supporting habitats in which they can flourish.

Clare Reilly's work has been described as Neo-Romantic. Her paintings are imbued with a poetic stillness and calm.

Born and educated in Wellington, she has lived and worked in Christchurch since 1976 and is now a full-time artist. Her career spans more than three decades of painting and exhibiting throughout New Zealand, with many works going overseas.

Her paintings celebrate survival and resilience within the natural environment. Over time she has developed a painting style that has an intensity and luminosity of colour that embraces a dream-like atmosphere. She has a close affinity with birds in the landscape, with the bird motif signifying a sense of joy in flight, and hope and renewal.

In recent years, Clare has been involved with the Tui Restoration Project and the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. She continues to support various conservation projects and wildlife sanctuaries through the sale of her cards.

Her work has recently been used on three book covers, and is featured on the covers of Craig Potton's Contemporary Landscape In New Zealand Art calendar for 2012 and 2013.

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