Lukasz Ograbek

Lukasz Ograbek is not afraid to say it how he feels;

“The idea for this series was born when I saw a three colour veneer panel installation costing a small fortune a while back, coated with “hand ground gesso, rabbit skin glue, unicorns horn oil” and more otherworldly mixtures. It was so soulless, numbing and generic, mainstream orientated, not forgetting to mention that Mondrian did it and so much better.

The whole thing created a revolt in my brain and heart!

As the universe unravelled itself by pure chance, within a week I came across a set of 20 or so veneer doors from a 1940s kitchen. I had to take this opportunity to prove a few points.”

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Emerging Artist Award 2018

Are you an emerging Auckland artist who uses your creativity to showcase empathy and understanding?

Then the 10th EAA Exhibition is the perfect place to showcase your work.

Entries are now open to emerging artists across all media types.

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, The Upstairs Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland - has chosen a theme we’re incredibly passionate about. Your art will engage our local community in support of mental health, with messaging that counters misunderstandings, fear and prejudice.

The work of 10 deserving finalists will be exhibited in The Upstairs Gallery, and 3 will be awarded with prizes worth over $5000.

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2018 EEA Event: FILM - Days of Heaven

As part of the 10th Annual Emerging Artist Awards, The Upstairs Gallery together with Flicks, will present Days of Heaven.

A cinematic gem and enjoyable movie with captivating visuals.

Please join us in the Seminar Room - Level 1 in Lopdell House on Wednesday 15th August at 7.40pm. Tickets are $10 and available from inside The Upstairs Gallery.

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2018 EEA Event: JOHN SCOTT - Discussion on Empathy

As part of the 10th Annual Emerging Artist Awards, John Scott, Chairman of the The Upstairs Gallery BOT will lead a discussion on empathy.

John has a special interest in the area of empathy and will lead an interactive, open discussion.

John completed his accreditation with GENOS in Emotional Intelligence and will explore the concept of empathy in a world where it is becoming a lost quality, introducing ways to increase our empathy for others in our day to day and work lives.

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Meet Steve Cascalheira

Steve Cascalheira is a graphic artist based in West Auckland. Working in a range of styles and mediums, Steve's work ranges from detailed silkscreen prints, sketching to bright and bold pop art paintings.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour 2 years ago and having undergone brain surgery shortly after that, Steve found it extremely difficult to focus on computer work for long periods of time. Steve was told to try using his artistic ability as a tool for recovery.

He started to draw, and paint more often, and took it upon himself to ‘get better’ if ever anyone ever wanted to ‘find a silver lining’ this would be it....

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Meet Bonnie Coad

Bonnie is a Visual Artist specialising in mixed media collage.

During her studies, Bonnie developed her unique series of pattern animal art works that has quickly become her signature style. She incorporates old sewing patterns and her own hand made collage papers in her art works to create original pieces.

She has a keen interest in graphic text and languages and uses them to add an interesting multicultural element to her work. Texture, Bright colours and humour with an emphasis on the ridiculous are also repeating themes within her body of work.

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On Death Row - Mark Carter, Craig ‘CPL’ Levers, Brent Courtney + Terry Williams-Willcock

Internationally acclaimed photographers and creatives Mark Carter, Craig ‘CPL’ Levers, Brent Courtney and Terry Williams-Willcock are opening a new gallery exhibit ON DEATH ROW from 13 April – 6 May, 2018 at the Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi. 

The collaboration unites fine art with a mission of environmental conservation to highlight the beauty of the Waima landscape, the scars it leaves our next generation and the documenting of rare native species as they face extinction from both kauri dieback and industrial development.

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Emerging Artist Award 2018

Are you an emerging Auckland artist who uses your creativity to showcase empathy and understanding?

Then the 10th EAA Exhibition is the perfect place to showcase your work.

Entries are now open to emerging artists across all media types.

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, The Upstairs Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland - has chosen a theme we’re incredibly passionate about. Your art will engage our local community in support of mental health, with messaging that counters misunderstandings, fear and prejudice.

The work of 10 deserving finalists will be exhibited in The Upstairs Gallery, and 3 will be awarded with prizes worth over $5000.

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Under Southern Skies - Graham Young and introducing Justin Venes

After the success of Graham Young's book Lazy Days the gallery is delighted to showcase new works for a second consecutive book. Quintessentially kiwi, delight in Graham's photorealistic images of old sheds, caravans and beach scenes. New works on display.

Justin Venes is a UK artist who has painted 'as a hobby' using his art as a healing tool for his own mental illness. Strikingly realistic portraits from photographer Steve McCurry as well as a hauntingly beautiful image of a young Maori woman, painted especially for our exhibition. Justin manages to capture the models soul on canvas.

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Writing an Artist's Bio

There is no right or wrong way to write your bio - it is after all your biography. There is however a traditional way to write an artist's biography that some seasoned galleries and art connoisseurs would expect to see. If writing it in a more informal way to let your personality shine through feels like a better way for you, then that could be more appropriate though. First figure out who it is that will be reading it and what you think they might want to read - then answer a few of these questions.

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Meet Anna Leyland

Anna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand artist (full-time since 2012). Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works are a contemporary conversation about Aotearoa and the beauty of multiculturalism, which is so prevalent in the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'.

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