Caroline Bellamy

Early Winter up the Cass Valley, Memorial Hut

Oil on Cedar Framed Board

1000 x 1200 mm


About this artwork

Through energetic brushstrokes and a complex palette of naturalistic tones, Caroline Bellamy brings breathtaking light to The Cass Valley, located near Lake Tekapo in the South Island of New Zealand.

Bellamy’s simplification and exaggeration of the landscape transports us to an untouched, private viewing of scenes that hum with tension and glow with the natural hues of our Southern land. For this latest painting, the artist spent two nights in Memorial Hut which is located close to the headwaters of the valley, dwarfed by the vast surrounding mountains. Here she observed the passing light, and wildlife – the valley is also well known for its population of the Himalayan Tahr and Chamois.

With recognition of nature’s ability to compose itself, and how quickly time can shift views into a different landscape entirely, Bellamy brings us a captivating view of winter’s light falling on this remote vista.

Artist bio

Caroline Bellamy is an established New Zealand artist who graduated from the IIam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch in 2016. Born in Nelson, Caroline started painting at a young age and sold her first painting in the Rutherford Gallery, Nelson aged 14. Her father being a sign writer and painter and mother a medical illustrator, she has always been surrounded with artistic careers and skills.

Energetic and thick brushstrokes depict naturalistic forms in her paintings. Simplification and exaggeration of the landscape communicates an emotive atmosphere and depicts a strong sense of depth.

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