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Craig Hooker: Any Old Iron

Craig Hooker: Any Old Iron

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When:

  • Sat 28 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 30 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 1 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 2 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 May ’12, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 5 May ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 7 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 8 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 10 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 11 May ’12, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 12 May ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 14 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 15 May ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

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

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

What is best done with automobiles past there ‘use by’ date? Singer/songwriter Steve Goodman wrote of “the graveyards of the rusted automobiles” in his classic song ‘City of New Orleans’ made famous by Arlo Guthrie. But Wanganui artist Craig Hooker thinks they should be celebrated not forgotten. He has painted many of them, not the cars themselves but as artwork, to depict not the past glory of these vehicles but the current state of rusted worn-out hulks of steel. They have an awesome sculptural quality despite their disuse and abandonment; waiting their turn to be recycled into gleaming steel once again. Thirteen of Hooker’s oil on board paintings will be exhibited at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts from April 28 through 15 May. A reception to honour the artist will be held at the gallery on Saturday 28th April from 2 – 4pm. The public is cordially invited.

Craig Hooker’s recent series of paintings depicting derelict cars and trucks found at the wrecker’s yard at Horopito, north of Raetihi, are appealing images. The artist is fascinated by the sculptural form of early vehicles and this coupled with the colours and textures of the central North Island plateau enable him to create paintings of unique interest. Taking his extraordinary eye for detail and incorporating a well-honed painting technique, Craig’s paintings make these vehicles come to life. A 12-month calendar featuring his images sold out at the Vintage Car Club Rally and swap meet held in Wanganui in January of this year. This exhibition gives one the opportunity to acquire an original work by this talented artist. Whether you prefer English or American-made motor vehicles Hooker’s depiction of these ‘jalopies’ will surely find favour with the public.

Craig Hooker is a self-taught artist who works mainly in oils, preferring to paint on either board or canvas. He also enjoys working in pencil or charcoal when that medium suits the subject matter. He states: “I investigate the subject or scene to be painted so that relevant characteristics can be noted before completing them in the studio.” The artist finds inspiration in the New Zealand landscape and he is passionate about our rural heritage especially the buildings, equipment and machinery that evoke our past. Hooker can often be found looking for inspiration in and around Wanganui, Rangitikei and Waimarino where he has lived most of his life. He is keen to capture in oil scenes that New Zealanders can relate to before these rusted hulks of vehicles or farm equipment succumb to the ravages of time and disappear in the name of progress.

Craig feels that “As these iconic images are starting to disappear, I believe that many people will relate to my paintings because in them the viewer can re-live memories that are probably familiar to most.” Hooker also paints works of a more contemporary look as he comments with his art on the often subtle changes he sees taking place in New Zealand’s social environment. Craig often undertakes commissioned work such as portraits of people, horses or specific landscape vistas.

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