…from Keith Haring to van Gogh to Pablo Neruda…
“Since attending a small, independent art school in the late 80’s, I have exhibited my work in numerous group & solo shows throughout NZ Australia.
In the early 90’s (in one of my first group
shows), my larger-than-life cartoon murals hung along-side New Zealand
war artist Peter McIntyre. Most of the larger scale art I produced during
this period was inspired by an exhibition by NewYork ‘Pop’
icon Keith Haring. I loved his colours, intensity & (often brutal)
honesty… And the way he took art out of the galleries & back
to the people. I was also very inspired by his on-going work with children.
In late 1993, I traveled to Melbourne, Australia to visit a Van Gogh exhibition. Returning home, my style of painting (and how I applied it) dramatically changed – I no longer painted giant cartoons, instead turning to elements of ‘impressionism’ (thanks Vincent) & my growing fascination/love for the sea & nature. In the late 90’s I began to incorporate sculptural components to these pieces; attaching rocks & pebbles to the surface of the paint, and adding original (unashamedly romantic) poetry & the odd watercolour cartoon.
My most recent works have been bringing together an eclectic blend of seascape, cartoon & word, but on a larger scale. Themes include: celebrating my Nghi Tahu & Celtic ancestry; exploring my lack of eyesight (and how this influences my methods & style); and (since a life-changing adventure to Brazil) a new-found love and appreciation for Latin-American visual art, music & literature.
It is my belief that ALL art (whether it be the
visual arts, music, dance, theatre, filmmaking - add your discipline here)
must contain within it a story or dialogue for its intended audience.
Storytelling is essential – it is passed down from generation to
generation and gives a universality & immediacy to the arts; allowing
it to be understood & appreciated in any language age
Accept the challenge – Don’t be afraid to tell your story!!! It is worth telling and is unique, exciting & important for future generations to come...”
BRENT HARPUR, 2011.
“When art is young it slighteth nature – And when
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