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Paul Forrest: Artist at work

Published: Wed 14 Feb 2007 04:46 PM
19 January, 2007
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Paul Forrest: Artist at work
Event: Paul Forrest – Open Studio
Artist: Paul Forrest
Venue: The Studio, 146 Riddiford street, Newtown
When: 9 February – 11 March. Opening Celebration 5.30 p.m. Thur 9 Feb
Open daily 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Admission is Free
If you’re curious by nature then you won’t be able to resist taking advantage of this rare opportunity to visit one of the most vibrant and light filled artists studios in Wellington. To top that off the artist will be working away at the easel and available to answer any questions or test your table tennis skills.
The Studio has a long history of cutting edge creativity and resident Newtown artist Paul Forrest continues this tradition with an exhibition entitled ‘Scratchings from beneath a Brazilian waterfall’. It showcases his latest works in a series of what he calls contemporary Icon Paintings which explore the meeting points between this world and the divine.
Forrest draws on his 20 years of experience as a professional artist to constantly push into new ways of using paint.
“An appreciation of raw mark making has brought me to a point where I build up several layers of paint then attack the canvas with sharp objects, carving out drawings in an impulsive free jazz kind of way. I like to think of these works as a sort of calligraphy channeled from the divine,” says Paul.
He sold 27 paintings from his last exhibition at the Michael Fowler Centre during Fringe 2006. A visit to his studio during Fringe 07 is a must!!!!!
“All are works which celebrate life as a dance full of richness and sensuality. His paintings are both reverent in their spiritual opulence and free in their abandonment” Mark Amery, Dominion Post.
Visit www.paulforrest.co.nz for a 360 degree preview.
An art exhibition with a difference – Paul Forrest Open Studio
The Studio 146 Riddiford Street Newtown – Fringe 07
ENDS

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