Art Of This World
Sophie Marshall leads us through Devonport, the café and artistic centre of Aucklands North Shore, in a series continuing here with a profile on popular local gallery, 'Art of …Sophie Marshall leads us through Devonport, the café and artistic centre of Aucklands North Shore, in a series continuing here with a profile on popular local gallery, 'Art of this World'…
The intensity of the bright colours and the multitude of sculptural shapes in glass, metal, wood, shell, on painted canvases and in photography strikes the visitor upon entering Art Of This World Gallery.
Located on Queens Parade, Art Of This World faces the Devonport wharf, the Waitemata Harbour and Aucklands cityscape. An ideal location for showcasing the original arts and crafts of a range of New Zealand artists; artists inspired by our unique landscape, flora and fauna and materials.
The brightly lit and spacious Art Of This World Gallery presents itself as half art exhibition and half shop. One long wall of the Gallery is dedicated solely to paintings, providing an unobstructed view of individual works. At the back of the Gallery, sliding racks hold a huge range of paintings. A New Zealand theme is evident among many of the works.
The gallery exhibits representations of the Auckland cityscape and its skytower, Rangitoto Island, beaches, pohutukawa, boats and so forth, in oil, photography, watercolour and print. Artists also utilise Maori and Pacific Island motifs. Gabrielle Evans Pacific Vessel #6, influenced by tapa cloth painting, features a waka-like vessel painted onto a deep blue Pacific Ocean.
Art Of This World displays a variety of freestanding sculptural pieces. The spaciousness of the Gallery allows the visitor an appropriate 360º view of the sculpture. Sitting in one corner, Roger McArthurs anthropomorphic copper frogs play the saxophone, banjo, guitar and cello. The birds of New Zealand provide a popular focus for exhibited artists. Numerous penguins, pukeko, fantails and, naturally, the kiwi stand among the works in the Gallery.
Art Of This World also stocks a substantial line of art and craft gift pieces. Innovative glass vases, spotted bowls and metallic paperweights, created by a range of artists, illuminate the Gallery with bright colours and light. The Gallery also stocks a range of beautiful, and usable, kitchen pieces including ceramic mugs, bowls and plates, paua shell coasters, decorated spoons and wooden serving platters with paua shell bowls for dips.
Trish Dicksons series of gunmetal vases and bowls decorated with turquoise dragonflies present a unique set. Art Of This World showcases jewellery in display cases at the Gallery counter. Silver, paua and mother-of-pearl materials feature strongly among the necklaces, bracelets and earrings on sale.
For more information on the Gallery, biographies of artists exhibiting and art for sale go to www.artofthisworld.co.nz.
Art Of This World
Where: Shop 1, 1 Queens Parade, Devonport
When: Open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm
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