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The Original Selfie

The Original Selfie

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  • Fri 24 Feb ’17, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Anthesis Gallery, 131 Willis St, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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Anthesis Gallery holds its monthly opening presenting "The Original Selfie - the Self Portrait Show" which contains nearly 20 self-portraits by Tatyana Kulida and Steffen Schubert.

While the Cindy Sherman show at the City Gallery includes a series of self-portraits that are "anything but (Cindy Sherman)" - the Original Selfie show at Anthesis Gallery gathers the many self-portraits Tatyana and Steffen have produced over the years as they moved through stages in life and tried to capture the emotional state at those moments and stages.

From going through painting training to finding each other and creating a family, the numerous works reveal what they have experienced. Often quickly thrown together as a sort of an emotional diary, the self-portraits are different from most of the meticulously crafted paintings at the Anthesis Gallery.

Some of the included works are one-day drawings and painted sketches and others are painted over months and years, often as experimental pieces where a new technique, surface or approach is used. Mostly unframed and unpretentious, these works hold the emotional charge only possible to capture through quiet observation and self-examination.

All works are for sale.

Taking selfies on the phone and various devices is so common - we become so accustomed to seeing and sharing our images. Maybe we do that at the cost of our privacy, or maybe because the "selfies" are mostly fast and of the moment they fail to capture any true emotion and the journey remains concealed. Digital or painted, a self-portrait is a way to share oneself.

These works share not only the emotion but the journey the artist takes while at the mirror. The body locks up as the artist tries to work out the drawing and not move a muscle. The stare becomes severe as the artist tries to further zoom in and search out the necessary detail to depict the self. Distortions of proportion and expression, imagination and symbolism, all come into play.

Rembrandt was famous for his self-portraits - these are some of his most well known and deeply revered works. Included are two small copies of Rembrandt's self-portraits as Tatyana was learning about the portrait technique of the Old Master while peeking into his perception of self.

Anthesis Gallery invites the public to not only view the works but also experience the original self-portrait magic through drawing themselves.

The show will be equipped with mirrors, drawing materials and paper for the public to engage in a more thoughtful "selfie" making process encouraging visitors to take home their own self-portraits produced at this opening of Anthesis Gallery.

About Anthesis Gallery:
The gallery is a new small business run by Tatyana Kulida who decided to open her gallery in order to bring her work to the public. Anthesis Gallery is different to most other galleries in that it is a place where art is intimately connected to its creator. The word Atelier comes from French and means a workshop: this gallery is a studio where Tatyana creates her work. The work is very much different from what can be found in the existing galleries due to its traditional nature but also in the approach to art making.

Tatyana paints her subjects from life using natural light which results in a very slow creation process but offers a more personal and dimensional end result. The gallery also includes works by her husband, Steffen Schubert. Both Tatyana and Steffen have gone through 4 years of training in the old master's tradition in Florence, Italy where they then taught.

Anthesis Gallery will be open by appointment and further, it will open its doors once a month on a Friday night to showcase latest works and bring in the public for an opening reception.

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