Elliot Collins
We may never meet again
30 January - 23 February, 2019
2019-01-30 - 2019-02-23
We are delighted to start the 2019 exhibition programme with new work by Elliot Collins. This show draws on notions of memory and momentary observations. It memorialises the small - often fleeting experiences or feelings, and exhorts us savour the moment.

Over the past three years since his last exhibition in the gallery, Collins has been busy with a, now completed, PhD exploring historical monuments and memorials in the New Zealand landscape and their relationship to memory and identity. His new multi-media exhibition extends his notion of "memory markers" from a primary association with death into a celebration of life.

"I feel that these paintings can act as a salve for contemporary life, slowing and soothing," Dr Collins says.

The exhibition comprises oil paintings on board, unique photographs and copper discs that all with diverse references operate ways to create memorials that elevate the everyday and trigger connections and memories in the viewer. The inclusion of photographs is important: moments captured by the artist - a karaka tree photographed at midnight, a church - are isolated and asked to hold the place of important people, places, times or events.

The Waves by Virginia Wolfe - a book published in 1931 - is used by the artist as "a marker of great description". With its poetic and experimental prose, it, it operates almost as a prologue and like the artworks in the show, asks the reader to take the time to adjust to its pace and mode of expression.

Ann Paulsen, writing in an article in Art New Zealand Winter 2018, describes Collins' artworks as "collections of sensory perceptions and knowledge, waiting to be activated by the viewer. These memory markers operate as 'open' texts, with the possibility of, the provocation to discover, multiple meanings."

We are delighted also to launch a new billboard by Collins (in the courtyard) which reinforces the exhibition and plays with the multiple connotation of 'still' and the idea of bearing witness.

Collins has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of international artist residencies in France, The Netherlands and most recently India.


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Installation view 1
Installation view 1
We may never meet again
2019
Elliot Collins
oil on linen
1500 x 1115 mm
We may never meet again
2019
Elliot Collins
oil on linen
1500 x 1115 mm
The sounds of the sea (Ongoing)
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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The sounds of the sea (Ongoing)
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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The smell of salt
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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The smell of salt
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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The great silence
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed
The great silence
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed
The Waves, Beginning and End, (by Virginia Woolf, 1931)
2017
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
360 x 330 mm framed each piece

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The Waves, Beginning and End, (by Virginia Woolf, 1931)
2017
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
360 x 330 mm framed each piece

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The distant roar of thunder
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
The distant roar of thunder
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
The way a child leans on you
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
The way a child leans on you
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
620 x 440 mm framed
Installation view 3
Installation view 3
The forest as a source of dreams
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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The forest as a source of dreams
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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Wharemoe
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
Wharemoe
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
The Future is Looking Forward #176, (Chinese Mission Hall, Wellington)
2018
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
470 x 610 mm framed

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The Future is Looking Forward #176, (Chinese Mission Hall, Wellington)
2018
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
470 x 610 mm framed

SOLD
Installation view 2
Installation view 2
The Future is Looking Forward #164, (Karaka Berries, Night, Pukekawa/Auckland Domain)
2018
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
405 x 490 mm framed

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The Future is Looking Forward #164, (Karaka Berries, Night, Pukekawa/Auckland Domain)
2018
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
405 x 490 mm framed

SOLD
The Future is Looking Forward #82, (St Luke's Anglican Church, Pakanae, Hokianga)
2016
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
460 x 555 mm framed

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The Future is Looking Forward #82, (St Luke's Anglican Church, Pakanae, Hokianga)
2016
Elliot Collins
unique inkjet photograph on Ilford Galerie Prestige
460 x 555 mm framed

SOLD
Kia Tau (Puhoi Church [of Saints Peter and Paul], with T.H.R. Boxold)
1980-2019
Elliot Collins
oil on board
540 x 615 mm
Kia Tau (Puhoi Church [of Saints Peter and Paul], with T.H.R. Boxold)
1980-2019
Elliot Collins
oil on board
540 x 615 mm
Direct eye contact (held)
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
Direct eye contact (held)
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
440 x 315 mm framed
The collision of myth and experience
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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The collision of myth and experience
2018
Elliot Collins
oil on board
450 x 315 mm framed

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 1
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
125 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 1
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
125 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 2
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
180 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 2
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
180 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 3
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
195 mm diameter
A memorial to the breeze at my back 3
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
195 mm diameter
A memorial to the breeze at my back 4
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
235 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 4
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
235 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 5
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
300 mm diameter

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A memorial to the breeze at my back 5
2018
Elliot Collins
patinated copper disc
300 mm diameter

SOLD