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Paul Forrest – Artist Residency and Exhibition

Published: Tue 9 Feb 2010 12:36 PM
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Event: Paul Forrest – Artist Residency and Exhibition
A Fringe 2010 event.
Artist: Paul Forrest
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre Foyer
When: 26th February – 21st March.
Open daily 10.00 am – Late. Admission is Free
Since his last major exhibition in 2008 renowned Wellington artist Paul Forrest has been shut away in his studio obsessively painting up a storm. Now these new creations are being unleashed on the public for the first time in the foyer of the Michael Fowler Centre as part of Fringe 2010.
Paul describes his paintings as a mix of modern hieroglyphics and maps of other dimensions. He’s interested in creating paintings that people can look at for hours and constantly see knew things whilst being seduced by the richness of colour and compositional structure.
The centre piece of this show entitled ‘Godwits in Tokyo’ explores the layering of blocks of bright neon colours to give the viewer a sense of walking down a busy street in Tokyo at night. On closer inspection these neon signs are filled with miniature humans looking out at you, some waving others just observing the scene outside the picture frame.
Paul has become a regular at festival time with this being his 4th residency in the Michael Fowler Centre foyer and has been working on this exhibition for the last 2 years. For the duration of the exhibition Paul will be in the foyer working away at his easel creating new paintings and providing people the opportunity to meet the artist at work.
“In my opinion this is my most original and uncompromising body of work yet and I hope as many people as possible get to see it”, says Paul
Visit www.paulforrest.co.nz for a preview.
ENDS

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