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Ross Whitlock: In Nelson

Ross Whitlock: In Nelson

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When:

  • Fri 7 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sat 8 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 10 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 11 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 12 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 15 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 17 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 22 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 24 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 25 Jan ’11, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

For the first exhibition of the New Year, Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts welcomes back former Palmerston North artist, Ross Whitlock now living and working in Nelson. Ross Whitlock: In Nelson features 30 works in oil on canvas or panel and two framed pastels. This exhibition comes exactly four years after Ross retired from full-time teaching – he had been, prior to retirement, Head of the Department of Art and Arts Coordinator at Nga Tawa Diocesan School, Marton. The show focuses on Ross’s love for the sea and the foreshore. When not sailing with his wife Hilary in Tasman Bay or the Marlborough Sounds, Ross can be found walking the dogs on the beach or painting en plein air. Although he painted ‘out-of-doors’ regularly while in the Manawatu and on travels throughout New Zealand, living in Nelson allows Ross to paint ‘on site’ more regularly. In his so-called retirement, Ross has spread his artistic wings even further and developed a more vivid and impressionistic art style. The Nelson influences of sun, sand and sailing will be apparent to gallery visitors. Collectors of Whitlock’s works and potential new purchasers will surely be pleased to see the land and seascapes that are now created from his new pallet and loosened technique.

Whitlock writes: “As a teacher I tended to work in a very traditional manner, beginning with either a line and mass block-in or a transparent monochrome imprimatura, or first layer of colour to tone down the ground which is often a bright white gesso. These days I am a direct painter. I work much faster using a few bright primary colours, and a very big brush. Exciting!” Ross continues: “It must be fun to watch, as I often have people watching me paint. They are usually very respectful, and keep their distance. I like to invite them to come closer and have a look.”

Ross has joined several art groups within the district and various groups have asked him to give demonstrations of direct painting from time to time. He says: “It has become quite the thing to paint out-of-doors. These days I have up to twenty people joining me on Sunday afternoons at different locations. You can read about our adventures at www.papon.con.nz (Plein Air Painters Of Nelson).” Ross Whitlock was born and educated in Whanganui, studied at Auckland University and at the Elam School of Fine Art. He was awarded a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland in 2003. Ross was Director of Art at the Collegiate School, Whanganui from 1981 to 1988. He then travelled extensively in Australia and England, returning to teach and paint in Palmerston North. Whitlock retired as Head of the Department of Art and Arts Coordinator at the Wellington Diocesan School for Girls, Nga Tawa, Marton. Since retiring with his family and dogs to Nelson, the artist has been busy fixing up a much neglected house, not to mention the yard and gardens and building a proper painting studio. Whitlock has exhibited frequently in recent years both in solo and group exhibitions and reviews, winning prizes and awards including the ‘Popular Prize’ in the Whanganui Art Awards and a Certificate of Merit at the Manawatu Art Expo. Among Ross’s previous work of note has been a series of paintings on 1500 x 1500mm aluminium which feature reflections and reverse images which were created as part of his Masterate degree programme and exhibited in Auckland and at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

Whitlock’s recent exhibition history has included: a retrospective at Nga Tawa ((2006); ‘The City’ at Morgan Street Gallery, Auckland (2007); ‘Upon Reflection’ at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts (2008); ‘Seeing Nelson’ at the Suter Gallery, Nelson (2009) and ‘The Plein Air Show’ at Refinery Gallery, Nelson. Whitlock has work in many private collections in New Zealand and Australia as well as in America, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. His paintings grace the walls of many corporate and academic offices within the Manawatu.

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