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Coming Home: Paintings by Liza and Amy Haarhoff

Coming Home: Paintings by Liza and Amy Haarhoff

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  • Tue 3 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 4 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 5 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 6 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 7 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 8 Dec ’13, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon 9 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 10 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 11 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 12 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 14 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 15 Dec ’13, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon 16 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 17 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 20 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 21 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 22 Dec ’13, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mon 23 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 24 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 27 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 28 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 30 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 31 Dec ’13, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts presents two special end of year exhibitions which showcase the talents of renowned potter Trevor Wright and Liza Haarhoff, a painter new to the gallery scene who is showing her work alongside that of daughter Amy.

The work will be shown in the gallery’s changing exhibition space from Saturday November 30th through Tuesday 31st December. Trevor Wright formerly of Palmerston North now residing in Waikanae is an award-winning ceramic artist whose work can inspire, amuse and entertain the viewing public. He is known for ‘pushing materials and techniques to the limit.’ Whether it be high-fired stoneware or low-fired Raku, Trevor’s pottery is world class.

He is joined in this exhibition by two very competent artists, mother and daughter, Liza and Amy Haarhoff. Liza Haarhoff’s portraiture is finely detailed; classically presented and often drawn from life using her daughter’s face as the visage of choice. Daughter Amy uses her drawing skills to capture young women in special moments and to put on paper what must be the fertile mind view of youth. The juxtaposition of strongly presented vessels with sensuous renderings of the soul should make for an exciting finish to the exhibition year at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

Liza Haarhoff writes: “A wise old lady once said to me, ‘Nothing is as it seems.’ Since then, the more I observed the world and people around me, the more I realised that I didn’t know half the story of what was really happening in people’s lives. This interest in what lies beneath the surface, often hidden from view has been one of the motivations for producing work that might hold a secret requiring the viewer to step up and examine each one closely.”

Liza Haarhoff was born in Athens in 1967 and grew up in Europe, Africa and the UK. She met her husband while they were both studying Fine Arts at Wits University in Johannesburg. Their daughter Amy was born in South Africa in 1996. The family lived in Wales before moving to New Zealand in 2009. Amy like her mother always loved drawing and painting. Her current works “reveal an in-depth investigation of the way we make our journey through life, the way we perceive ourselves, and how this changes over time with increasing insight.” Amy loves being in the outdoors with her horse – a source of inspiration for artwork. The young artist plans to continue developing her artistic style and intends to work towards introducing colour and vibrancy to her works.

Several paintings in the exhibition are surrounded by one-off, etched metal frames created by Liza Haarhoff. These decorative frames are produced using labour-intensive etching techniques. Ms Haarhoff plans to explore the photo etching process and if she can meet the technical challenges she will be able to produce potentially more frames and larger frames as well.

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