Cat Fooks, Catherine Clayton-Smith, Hamish Coleman, Helen Calder, Marie Le Lievre, Miranda Parkes, Monique Lacey,rebecca Wallis, Stacey Turner
Paint
30 June 2022 - 30 July 2022
In this exhibition, paint itself is the star. Paint / material makes meaning. Narrative may exist but, in stark contrast to figurative painting, it’s not the primary driver for any of these artists. These artists are interested in exploring and pushing at the boundaries of what paint, and painting, can do. Paint itself is allowed to perform – its physicality is foregrounded - even though the artist is in the driver’s seat and underpinning that physicality with an intellectual engagement with art history that takes the work beyond the purely visual. There’s a sense of playing, having fun.

Of course, in the 21st century, the strict mid-century rules of abstraction’s heyday –beliefs about the flatness and two-dimensionality of painting and truth to materials - no longer apply. This exhibition Paint presents a set of ideas around the materiality of painting and its links to the world via suggestion rather than representation - ideas around three-dimensionality, in-betweenness, transparency, edges, slipperiness, mobility.

Bartley & Company Art is delighted to showcase nine artists working in this way and to include and introduce four artists who have not previously shown with the gallery.


Helen Calder: Concern with colour, form and how paint operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas and stretcher is at the heart of Calder’s practice. Here paint pushes at its limits to adopt the terrain of sculpture. Based in Christchurch, Calder has an MFA from the University of Canterbury. Her work is held in private and public collections.

Catherine Clayton-Smith: In Clayton-Smith’s work, paint is a vehicle to record experience in a constructed personal visual language where form, drawn from memory and observation, teeters into abstraction. Raised in Christchurch, she moved to Sydney soon after the earthquakes and completed a BFA at the National Art School in Sydney where she continues to live and exhibit.

Hamish Coleman: The artist’s signature use of interference oil paint, which changes colour in response to viewing angle, challenges the notion of paint and painting as static. A sense of the elusive is evoked as image slips and shift to present transience as the subject. Wellington based, Coleman has a BFA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, In 2021, he had his first public gallery solo exhibition at the Ashburton Art Gallery.

Cat Fooks: There’s something almost archeological in her paintings with layers of clashing and congealing colour built up and sculpted to create form and then depth. In these luscious and exuberant works with a sensibility of playdough baroque, indeterminate objects are buried or rise to sit on the surface as jewels or heraldic emblems. Auckland based, Fooks has a Bachelor of Visual Communications, majoring in painting from Unitec.



Monique Lacey: Crushed carboard boxes provide three-dimensional surfaces which are embellished with plaster, paint, resin, rubber, wax, varnish and pigments to create objects which are at once humble and opulent. The result, a beautiful play with, and disruption of, the ideas associated with minimalism, the use of found objects and abstract painting. Lacey has an MFA (First Class Honours) from the  Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design and is represented in Australian and the US as well as New Zealand.

Marie Le Lievre: Paint poured, wet layer on wet, is, in Le Lievre’s work, allowed to dance and perform within constraints conceived by the choreographer artist. Deep abstract pools of oil speak to the world from a strangely an inbetween, liminal space. Le Lievre has an MFA (with Distinction) from the University of Canterbury and has exhibited in Australia and France as well as New Zealand.

Miranda Parkes: Best known for her scrunched ‘voluptuous’ canvases, Parkes works across a range of substrates including canvas, paper, timber pallets, plastic tiles, but never stretched flat canvas. Painting itself, rather than the surface on which paint sits, has primacy, and colour - often glorious fluro colours, golds and silvers - is foregrounded. She has an MFA from the University of Canterbury, an impressive exhibition history and has won numerous awards and residencies.

Stacey Turner: Painting and drawing on a variey of surfaces, Turner is interested in how simple gestures evoke other artistic practices such as comic books, Japanese woodblock printing, street graffiti and carving. Recently returned to New Zealand and artmaking. Turner has a BFA (Hons) from Canterbury University.

Rebecca Wallis: Transparency is not a word usually associated with paint but with silk as her sometimes wayward surface, Wallis works to conceal and reveal the components of painting, investigating what has been described as 'beyond, behind and beneath'. She completed a Master’s in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, London following a Diploma of Art (Hons) at the Dunedin School of Art and lives between London and Auckland.
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Let’s wipe the slate clean
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint
600 x 550 x 250mm
Let’s wipe the slate clean
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint
600 x 550 x 250mm
Friend Catcher
2021
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1825 x 1825 mm
Friend Catcher
2021
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1825 x 1825 mm
Quieten Down
2021
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1070 x 1070mm
Quieten Down
2021
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1070 x 1070mm
Inhaling Air
2022
Catherine Clayton-Smith
acrylic on canvas
1380 x 1320mm
Inhaling Air
2022
Catherine Clayton-Smith
acrylic on canvas
1380 x 1320mm
Polychrome Stack
2020
Helen Calder
enamel paint skins, steel plinth
1270 x 330 x 330mm
Polychrome Stack
2020
Helen Calder
enamel paint skins, steel plinth
1270 x 330 x 330mm
Polychrome Stack (detail)
2020
Helen Calder
enamel paint skins, steel plinth
1270 x 330 x 330mm
Polychrome Stack (detail)
2020
Helen Calder
enamel paint skins, steel plinth
1270 x 330 x 330mm
Chaotic Era
2022
Stacey Turner
acrylic and ink on aluminium panel
600 x 450mm
Chaotic Era
2022
Stacey Turner
acrylic and ink on aluminium panel
600 x 450mm
Vistas
2022
Stacey Turner
acrylic and ink on aluminium panel
300 x 200mm
Vistas
2022
Stacey Turner
acrylic and ink on aluminium panel
300 x 200mm
Hoki mai
2022
Stacey Turner
acrylic and ink on linen
300 x 300mm
Hoki mai
2022
Stacey Turner
acrylic and ink on linen
300 x 300mm
power-mover
2022
Miranda Parkes
acrylic, gold and bronze foil, varnish on canvas
700 x 650 x 250mm
power-mover
2022
Miranda Parkes
acrylic, gold and bronze foil, varnish on canvas
700 x 650 x 250mm
Tight Hold
2022
Rebecca Wallis
acrylic on silk over cedar bars
1500 x 1150 x 35mm
Tight Hold
2022
Rebecca Wallis
acrylic on silk over cedar bars
1500 x 1150 x 35mm
Never Not (Tomes)
2021
Marie Le Lievre
oil and gesso on canvas
1210 x 1210mm
Never Not (Tomes)
2021
Marie Le Lievre
oil and gesso on canvas
1210 x 1210mm
Monkey Business
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint
820 x 710 x 250mm
Monkey Business
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint
820 x 710 x 250mm
Tōtaranui
2022
Miranda Parkes
acrylic, gold and silver foil, on timber panel

2400 x 1200mm
Tōtaranui
2022
Miranda Parkes
acrylic, gold and silver foil, on timber panel

2400 x 1200mm
At Sixes and Sevens
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint, bronze pulver
700 x 830 x 250mm
At Sixes and Sevens
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint, bronze pulver
700 x 830 x 250mm
I’m on the fence about it
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint
290 x 245 x 146mm
I’m on the fence about it
2022
Monique Lacey
cardboard, plaster, resin, paint
290 x 245 x 146mm
Lapis Quenelle
2020
Cat Fooks
oil and mixed media on board
705 x 555mm
Lapis Quenelle
2020
Cat Fooks
oil and mixed media on board
705 x 555mm
Hot Pewter
2021
Cat Fooks
oil and mixed media on board
460 x 365mm
Hot Pewter
2021
Cat Fooks
oil and mixed media on board
460 x 365mm
Disclose2
2022
Rebecca Wallis
acrylic on silk over pine bars
850 x 900 x 35mm
Disclose2
2022
Rebecca Wallis
acrylic on silk over pine bars
850 x 900 x 35mm
Metal Reader’s (House)
2022
Marie Le Lievre
oil on canvas
1000 x 1000mm
Metal Reader’s (House)
2022
Marie Le Lievre
oil on canvas
1000 x 1000mm
Batonnet
2020
Cat Fooks
oil and mixed media on board
405 x 360mm
Batonnet
2020
Cat Fooks
oil and mixed media on board
405 x 360mm
rioter
2022
Miranda Parkes
acrylic, gold and silver foil, varnish on compressed wood pallet
1100 x 1100 x 150mm
rioter
2022
Miranda Parkes
acrylic, gold and silver foil, varnish on compressed wood pallet
1100 x 1100 x 150mm
Polychrome Remnant
2022
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skins on steel rod
510 x 450 x 110 mm
Polychrome Remnant
2022
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skins on steel rod
510 x 450 x 110 mm
Detaching
2022
Rebecca Wallis
acrylic on silk over pine bars
450 x 450mm
Detaching
2022
Rebecca Wallis
acrylic on silk over pine bars
450 x 450mm
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