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Elspeth Shannon - Bloom

Elspeth Shannon - Bloom

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  • Thu 27 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 28 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 30 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 31 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
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Zimmerman Art Gallery, 329 Main Street, Palmerston North Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



For the month of July, Zimmerman Art Gallery presents "Bloom" - new paintings by Elspeth Shannon.

The works in this exhibition spring from the artist’s continued exploration of the process of painting, in which works are begun with no initial idea or subject matter in mind.

“For my last exhibition, in November 2016, I made a conscious decision to forgo my former painting process in search of a new language. Without the familiar focus of an object, I’ve been forced to intuitively feel my way forward. Like a game of chess, every mark making helps dictate the next move. A sequence that is as enervating as it is challenging.”

From the artist’s first free applications of paint an underlying order starts to emerge, and the works begin to suggest a variety of organic forms.

Softly emerging shapes, suggestive of petals, leaves and fruit, bunch and spread across the artist’s canvases, a virtual harvest of peach, grape, orange and avocado tones.

In some paintings the forms appear suspended mid-air, frozen moments caught on canvas; in other works, colour spreads fluidly outward from ovoid bases, like untamed living bouquets.

This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at Zimmerman Art Gallery.

Exhibition runs from 1 to 31 July 2017.

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