田园梦想 Pastoral Dreams - LiLi
田园梦想
Pastoral Dreams

The Chinese New Year is celebrated on 5th February 2019 and it is the Year of Pig. It is an occasion for Chinese families to gather together and celebrate with a reunion dinner. LiLi will be celebrating with his 86 year old mother in China.  We are honoured that his daughter Amanda will be in the gallery for his opening to represent her father and his work. 

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Meet Suzie Horne

Suzie Horne is Creative Designer and Owner of Curlicue NZ. Curlicue NZ produces sustainably elegant 100% recycled Sterling Silver & Copper handcrafted wire work eco-jewellery.  All items are made from my home in Titirangi, Auckland. Semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals are all incorporated within delicate and timeless designs that include all types of jewellery and accessories for women, men & kids.

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Explorations in Clay + Metal - Kairava Gullatz & Julia Marin

Kairava Gullatz + Julia Marin

Clay - "Soft clay is the material I love and it offers never ending possibilities of shapes and surfaces.”

Metal - “I love the design process as much as the making of each piece, every step involved in the development of an idea to the actual finished object is what makes this journey a very joyful one!”

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Melange - by the students from Oaklynn Special School

The highlight for the visual arts at Oaklynn Special School this year is the opportunity to exhibit a collection of unique student created art works.

At Oaklynn art is taught as a way of knowing and understanding the world. Purposeful visual art activities expand our children's ways of exploring, expressing and coming to terms with the world they inhabit in a structured and enjoyable way.

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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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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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