Large scale gardenia works feature at Auckland art fair

Monday May 21, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
The iconic gardenia is the focus of work by Cook Islands artist Sylvia Marsters’ which will be displayed at the Auckland Art Fair this week. The iconic gardenia is the focus of work by Cook Islands artist Sylvia Marsters’ which will be displayed at the Auckland Art Fair this week.

Rarotonga’s Bergman Gallery is pairing artists Sylvia Marsters and 2017 Wallace Award Paramount prize recipient Andy Leleisiúao in a site-specific painting presentation at the 2018 edition of the Auckland Art Fair.

 

At the event, which will run from May 23-27 at the Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront, Marsters will display gardenia works in new formats up to 1.5m square.

“These large scale paintings engage the senses with mesmeric detail of this iconic Pacific flower, exploring the connections of the artist to her Cook Islands origins, the evolution of Pacific art practise, its place and meaning,” a gallery spokesman said.

Sylvia Marsters exhibited at the VOLTA Art Fair (NYC) in 2014 and her work was included in the Bergman Gallery presentation at the Auckland Art Fair in 2016. Her work is also included in the collection of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) and the Cook Islands National Museum.

Leleisi’uao will feature a large scale presentation that explores recent trends in his celebrated paintings. 

Leleisi’uao has exhibited throughout New Zealand and has been involved in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Rarotonga, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States of America.

Leleisi’uao will travel to New York this year to undertake a residency with the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).

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