Looking Back On July

Work by Agate Rubene

Art in the Park and Creative Jam What a fantastic month we’ve had.  Both Auckland’s “Art in the Park” and Print Art’s “Creative Jam” were huge successes.  Both events, one big and one small, were first time events and are sure to continue well into the future.

Well done to all the artists at Art in the Park.  So much was sold and you must still be smiling. Art in the Park review Art in the Park was held last weekend.  It’s a uniquely curated Art Show developed by Sofija Matich and Cary Cochrane to offer a new platform for New Zealand Artists annually at Eden Park. Cary, as the owner of the Flagstaff Gallery, has a passion for art and people and has organised multiple large-scale charity events throughout the world.  Sofija has orchestrated hundreds of events for some of the world’s largest arts institutions, including the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection in London.

With this combination, it was bound to be a success.

The weekend art exhibition was very well attended…. in fact tickets were sold out for both days.  It was held in the hospitality section of the main grandstand at Eden Park, converted into an art exhibition.  There were red dots everywhere… the public were on a buying spree for art! Print Art’s Clients at Art in the Park Work by Matt Griffin Print Art is proud to have printed for our clients who took part in Art in the Park. It was a magnificent exhibition and these are our clients who exhibited there. Have a look at their websites to see their work:  

Alison Gilmour – captures the endless beauty of her environment with delicate brushwork – creating images which have a photo-realistic quality and hues which reflect the clarity, light and richness of the South Pacific.

Anna Leyland – is a contemporary New Zealand artist. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works invoke conversations relating to the celebration of diversity and multiculturalism within Aotearoa.

Anna Victoria – Emerging artist Anna Victoria has a love for heritage architecture and closely studies each building before rebuilding them in her own way; simplifying lines, enhancing symmetry and choosing soft, complementary tones.

Joshua Davison – Joshua is a 24 year old self-taught contemporary painter and sculptor with a diverse body of work themed around portraiture and botanics.

Matt Griffin – A self-taught realism artist pursues a full-time career as an Artist. He has specialist drawing skills with charcoal and has recently converted his time into oil painting, painting realism portraiture of all things living.

Pete Cernis  My pieces are simply the crystallisation of moments travelled – reflecting learning and my sense of nature’s beauty and human sensitivity.

Agate Rubene – With a background in fashion Agate first started with exploration of fashion illustration which has had a huge influence on her style. Agate’s work focuses on people and their actions capturing emotions and drawing life’s pleasures with a light-hearted nature.

Sarah Barton-Hills – Sarah paints to capture the essence of her subject with work full of joy, texture, colour & light, whether it be a still life, portrait or a landscape.

Sean Beldon – My style is mostly painterly with a modernist feel. I have been photographing and painting landscapes from the far north to the deep south. I only paint scenes of places I have been to and take time in shooting photos that tell a story of the land. 

Tanya Blong – Blong is a painter exploring colour and narrative, her work investigates belonging to a time and place, and ideas around inclusion and exclusion.

July’s Creative Jam

If you followed our posts on IG and FB you would have seen the final creative piece by sixteen of Print Art’s supporting artists, as well as the time-lapse showing how it was created (click the link below to watch the time-lapse).

It was a quiet start to the evening getting to know each other, but ended as a fun night with many connections made and swapping of contact details between artists. Hopefully we will see a few collaborative works appearing? The painting fun started where everybody had 1 minute to paint on our blank canvas.

This is what it looked like from beginning to the end of the first round:

By the time the 2nd round was completed, we had an amazing piece of art that looked nothing like the starting piece. Well done to all those who took part…
We just loved having you around to share the fun.

  Watch the time-lapse John took a whole lot of photos from the Creative Jam session.  Have a look at the link below to see the photos and a quick slideshow.
  Creative Jam photos Lissy & Rudi’s


Lissy and Rudy are an amazing couple who create these super colourful masks.  Rudy carves the mask shapes and he and Lissy then add the crochet designs over the top.  They brought the masks in to Print Art to digitise in order to maximise the selling of their art work by including prints.  Quite something for us to digitise 3D artwork, as well as to get these amazing colours in print.  

Click here to have a look at their facebook link…
and website link below: Lissy Cole Designs

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