Exhibition: 8 March - 22 March 2016
Preview: Tuesday 8th Mar 5:30 PM
Matt Payne returns to Parnell Gallery in March with a fresh body of work, ‘Light’. Stunning coastal locations and the majestic Crown Range of Otago provide the glorious settings for explorations of light throughout the day. This developing emphasis is evident in Payne’s close observation of changing reflections, tonal range and shadow contrasts. These provide an endless kaleidoscope of possibilities for the artist to express his love of our landscape through the medium of light.
In ‘Tawharanui Dawn 2′ light glances off the edges of a gentle wave from an oblique angle as it rolls into shore. Beyond, the familiar outlines of offshore islands and far headlands are perfectly pitched in colour and tone to describe their distance. Payne has found that purples, oranges and greys dominate in early morning, and his faithfully rendered reflections create a harmonious scene, which transports us to this stretch of coast in the freshness of the dawn. Translucent waves again break into foaming surf directly out to sea in ‘East Coast Dawn 4’ while closer to shore dancing shadows are cast through water to the spangled sands below. Incredible attention to detail is a hallmark of Payne’s work, from the leaping surf at the picture plane to distant horizon, the air itself rendered full of salt, light and breeze.
In another painting, ‘Matapouri Pohutukawa’ the outline of the ancient tree is thrown into relief as the sun shines from high behind its gnarled branches, lighting the surrounding dune grasses in exquisite detail. In ‘Crown Range – Snow’ one of two works based around the majestic range, light floods over part of the snow-spattered mountains, bringing the fiery tussock grasses into sharp focus and providing dramatic contrast with those slopes yet to see the first rays of the sun.
These paintings are a feast for the senses. Payne’s technical skill and the inspiration he clearly derives from a love of our natural heritage combine to bring us this gift of ‘Light’, not to be missed.
Matt is available to do commissions. If you would like further information please enquire here.