Little River Gallery Unique NZ Art at Little River Gallery Fri, 25 Nov 2022 02:07:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All That Glitters Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:26:35 +0000 Anna Gibbs, Anna Stichbury, Philip Beadle, Rae West & Keith Grinter
26 Nov - 20 Dec 2022

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Celebrate the season with our ‘dazzling Christmas exhibition. Featuring five New Zealand artists, each with their own distinct style, collectively unified through the inclusion of gold leaf and golden tones through-out their work. Ink and resin ‘kisses’ by Rae West are complimented by Anna Stichbury’s dynamic abstract florals. Philip Beadle’s graceful ink and watercolour nudes reflect hues found in Anna Gibbs’ exquisitely detailed oil and gold leaf paintings. Finally, Keith Grinter’s beautifully formed glass vessels employ just the right amount of bling. 


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Abundance and Isolation Wed, 05 Oct 2022 23:21:51 +0000 Clare Reilly
26 Oct - 21 Nov 2022

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Exploring New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic Islands.


Wild and inhospitable to human existence,

the Sub Antarctic Islands are diverse and

abundant with unique flora and fauna.


Rugged landforms rising from the churning swell,

the islands are scattered across the depths of the

southern ocean, south, and southeast of New Zealand.


With storms and bitter weather, the islands

are sacred breeding grounds for the teeming wildlife,

that adapt and breed here, surrounded by stunted forests,

tussock lands and spectacular vertical cliff-faced gardens.


The blaze of colourful mega herbs that flourish briefly

and profusely, incongruous with the harsh climate,

adds drama to the scene of raw and beautiful landscapes,

in the mists and howling winds.


Yet, even here in this isolation, with towering coastlines

and heaving seas, introduced predators have wreaked havoc

on flora and fauna. Explorers, shipwrecks and brief settlers

brought rats, mice, pigs, goats, cats, rabbits, stoats, and sheep,

then left them all behind, after the miserable conditions led to

human abandonment of these unique but fragile isles.


Ongoing effort is now required to protect these special places,

and all that survive here.


I was fortunate to join a Heritage Expeditions trip in December 2021,

to make my own journey of discovery, in mild weather conditions,

of this spectacular and little-visited far-reaching part of New Zealand.

This is my interpretation of my Sub Antarctic experience.

Clare Reilly


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True Colours Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:33:18 +0000 Georgina Hoby Scutt
1 - 24 October 2022

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1 – 24 October 2022


Base. Accent. Overlay. 

 “True Colours’ is a collection of paintings that form a colour story. The palette weaves its way through these paintings – faded cyan, warm dirty pinks, ochre, burnt orange and umber. 

This body of work tells the story of familiar settings – real and imagined, indoors and landscapes, charged with an atmospheric energy that is intended to engage, resonate and add a sense of nostalgia and familiarity.

My work dances the line between loosely figurative and lightly abstracted, but essentially I consider myself a colourist. Colour guides my every painting and I thrill in the endless combinations. The juxtaposition of certain hues that make a piece sing, the overlay of pigment on pigment that creates atmosphere, the dash of an unexpected highlight that throws out energy – I am constantly searching these out. 

 Revel in the colour! I hope that it brings joy.”

 Georgina Hoby Scutt


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Sanctuary Thu, 01 Sep 2022 00:47:16 +0000 Kirsty Nixon and Jane Downes
3- 27 September 2022

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3 – 27 September 2022


Kirsty Nixon 

“The noise of life today is constant, and nothing has made this more apparent than the bumpy journey the world has experienced over the last few years. Although a challenging time, the break we had from the world gave us time to check in with ourselves in a way that we have never had the time to experience. Many of us re-evaluated life and what is means to us. Connections with family were strengthened and/or tested, but truths were also realised.

Although I can feel the tides shifting and life returning to a kind of semi-normal or new-normal, there is a part of me that holds that downtime as a cherished memory; one that allowed us to hear the birds over life’s noise, to stop and quieten the rushing mind, and to just be there for ourselves – within our sanctuary.”

Jane Downes

Familiar forms envelop us, defining our identity.

“I am interested in feelings evoked by shape, form and pattern, how we react to scale and light and the influence this has on Art, Architecture and Design.

I use forms in my work that resonate with me, both natural and manmade. Often common or from childhood, sometimes delicate and fleeting objects from nature, sometimes robust geometric forms from popular culture and industry.

Specific themes in my work include colonisation, security and shelter along with more abstract themes commenting on the human condition, challenging preconceptions of purpose and beauty, valuable and lowly, masculine and feminine, permanence and the ephemeral. These dichotomies are also reflected in my use of recycled, found and industrial materials.”

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Multifarious Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:56:51 +0000 Simon van der Sluijs, Liam Barr, Hayley Hamilton, Lee-Ann Dixon & Demarnia Lloyd-Harris
6 - 30 August 2022

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6 – 30 August 2022


‘Multifarious’, a visually compelling and eclectic group show featuring work by Hayley Hamilton, Liam Barr, Simon van der Sluijs, Demarnia Lloyd-Harris and Lee-Ann Dixon.

Combining ceramics, sculpture, original paintings, exquisite drawings, and limited edition prints – all with a touch of the peculiar.


Hayley Hamilton “I wanted to create work that had very obvious layers and elements, some peaking through from what lay beneath. A juxtaposition of images, people, animals, colours and textures that have the qualities of collage. Disjointed elements that ultimately blend together to create a whole new piece.

Such as it is to be human. Our layers stacking upon us through our life experience, our loves, disappointments, fears, and dreams. We are constantly changing, evolving but we never shed our previous layers. We are all multifarious.”


Liam Barr The exploration of people and their peculiarities lies at the essence of Barr’s work and he continues to define this experience expressed through meticulous attention to form and structure within the development of his paintings. Marked variations in subject matter are explored between series from his early magic surrealist and tiki inspired works through to historical narrative themed works. More recent series reflect a subtle surreal/realism crossover and contemporary image set. Images draw reference from fiction to subjective fact, weaving stories punctuated with symbolism, iconography, humour and pathos.


Simon van der Sluijs  “The theme for my contribution to Multifarious is ‘In the absence of you’ which is the first line of a small poem I wrote”

in the absence of you

I lie down and


that once

you were


Lee-Ann Dixon “Drawing from the past, I look to evoke memories of my childhood and familiar ideas of domesticity in the 1970s. I spent my time wandering the Orchards, an investigation of life in rural Marlborough. I was fascinated by the animals and the plant life, how they grow old and pass on but leave a part of themselves to the earth, a skull to gather moss or seeds to bring new life.

My late mother’s China cabinet was filled with treasures, and by recycling similar discarded treasures, I can breathe new life into these once loved objects. I work with oil, mostly on silver trays, painting still life to capture the decay and the darkness, finding beauty in the imperfections.”


Demarnia Lloyd-Harris “Growing up in rural North Canterbury sheltered from mechanised cities and industrially designed lives gave me an eye for finding character in nature. Without television and plastic toys my childhood imagination was directed to making stories and structures wherever I was, with whatever was around me. Being part of a creative, practical family built confidence in making, learning, and figuring out how things worked.”

Sodden earth clenched tightly in my hand became my lance and the cawing of a crow the eulogy for my beloved lost acorn army. (Acornicupia, H. St Andrew, 1975)

“Making things has been a part of my world since I was that child making heads for matchstick dolls before tucking them into matchbox beds with tiny sheets, frustrated at my 4 year old fingers that couldn’t shape a wee ball of bee’s wax into a convincing face, and for the rest of my life I have continued to draw, paint, learn, make and collect things.”

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Showtime Wed, 06 Jul 2022 03:13:59 +0000 Ashley Smith
9 July - 2 August 2022

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9 July – 2 August 2022



Roll up! Roll up! It’s almost Showtime!

… but, as well as the drama and the spectacle of carnival, country fair and cabaret, Showtime can also be crunch time – the moment when opposing forces or divergent energies collide.

To demonstrate this, the most entertaining circus of them all will soon creak towards us – the national election, with its skilled performers, drama, and buffoonery. So, maybe the cry should be ‘enrol up!’

At a personal level, we all strut and fret briefly on the stage under spotlights of varying wattage, costumed, masked, bedecked…

The star performer though, always capable of upstaging our most dazzling production, is nature.


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Rehua: Whakakitea Ngā Mata o te Ariki Wed, 06 Jul 2022 04:01:03 +0000 Robin Slow | Brian Flintoff | Bob Bickerton
11 June - 5 July 2022

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Rehua: Whakakitea Ngā Mata o te Ariki

Robin Slow | Brian Flintoff | Bob Bickerton

11 June – 5 July 2022

A multi-sensory experience, Rehua: Whakakitea Ngā Mata o te Ariki, brings together original paintings, taonga pūoro, and soundscapes, with a specific focus on histories and stories from Te Wai Pounamu.

Slow’s paintings are rich stories of whenua, of Rehua, Matariki and their children.

Flintoff is renowned for his musical instruments carved from native timbers, bone and shell. His carvings are inspired by the same stories that inform Slow’s work.

Bickerton creates a contemplative visual and aural catalogue of the combined outcomes using his musical skills and those of Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir, Solomon Rahui.


From the call of the putatara from the heavens they sound the way forward opening the pathways to that of the unknown. Governed and guided by the whetu (stars) they travelled from beyond the whero horizon line, from Hawaiiki and beyond to Te Pātū-nui-o-āio, still travelling back, then spiralling forward, and making landfall to a place we call Aotearoa.

The light of Te Ao Marama shines in this place. It shines brightly but also casts the shadows. The light is the space between the conception and the passing, beginning and the end, the tapu and the noa, the male and the female, the young and the old.

From the breath that Tane took and created the manu and wahine for this land, from the winds that blew on the sails for our tipuna to reach here, to the breath we share in the hongi, the waiata, karakia and to the playing of taonga pūoro, the hau is an essential element.

 Rehua is the partner of Mātariki and the father to her children that forms the special cluster of stars.

It was Rehua that gifted Tane many of the songbirds, trees and seeds from his hair to cover their mother Papatuanuku. The manu included the huia, tui and korimako (bellbird). It was the tui that guarded the Pumotomoto (doorway between the 11th and 12th heavens) where the highest esoteric knowledge was kept. The pumotomoto is also the taonga pūoro used by the tohunga to impart knowledge and whakapapa.


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Metaphor Wed, 04 May 2022 04:31:20 +0000 Janie Porter
7 May - 7 June 2022

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Janie Porter

7 May – 7 June 2022



Absorbed into this whenua of birds and beauty, it weaves its stories across and into my life and into the lives of my whanau. These paintings are about times and places and lives lived with all their heartaches and joy. These are stories about life and death, about new beginnings and revelations.

Full of gratitude to community and to tangata whenua and to my whanau. To the people old and young who fill my life with meaning. To Te Atua, Almighty God whose love passes understanding.


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Hello Sunshine Wed, 06 Apr 2022 23:15:57 +0000 Lisa Grennell
9 April - 3 May 2022

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Hello Sunshine

Lisa Grennell

9 April – 3 May 2022


You are my Sunshine

My only Sunshine

You make me happy when skies are grey

You’ll never know dear

How much I love you

Please don’t take my Sunshine away.


A song my grandfather would sing when I was little, as he bounced me on his knee.

 Something really comforting about reminiscing times when life seemed so simple and happy.

 I recall my grandparents fussing over their vegetable garden.

“I would never buy something I can grow myself,” my grandad would say. I often wonder what he would say if he was alive today.

 Although the World has changed since those times, there are still so many similarities. My grandparents’ just knuckled down to ride out any storms, and continued the day-to-day challenges as that was all they could do. I admired my grandparents determination and strength. It is something I hold onto when I lose a bit of my own sunlight.

 There is something magical about watching the sunrise, and the feeling of its warm embrace. Like a big fat HELLO!!… another day has begun!

 Followed by the big encore as the day nears its end, the sky fills with colour as the sun begins to fall beneath the earth.

 A promise for tomorrow.


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Voice Wed, 09 Mar 2022 03:35:37 +0000 Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain
12 March - 5 April 2022

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Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain

12 March – 5 April 2022



“I am interested in that which is said without words, subtle forms of communication. The message on the wind, the birds delivering their bulletin, the voice of intuition. This world is often so loud, it can drown out that inaudible voice. There is the conflicting noise of misunderstandings, disinformation, false narratives. Who is right and what is true; what is acceptable and what should never be uttered? You must keep vigilant, or your thoughts might run away with you! Through painting I have the courage to speak a thing into existence. To feel heard – that is my freedom.”

Jacqui Gibbs Chamberlain




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