Pierre Peeters Gallery: Parnell

Mark Cross Schism: Mokohinau Oil on Canvas 1010 x 2030 mm

Upcoming Exhibition:

Mark Cross

Liquid Landscapes

14 February-22 March 2015// Opening Celebration: Friday 13 February 5.30-7pm

Liquid Landscapes: Mokohinau and Other Islands

Better known for his figures in landscapes, paintings that reflect the artist's humanistic interests, the figure has been totally abandoned in this recent series of paintings by Niue/Auckland based artist, Mark Cross. So too have strong landscape elements which in most of the works have given way to an emphasis on the effects of water, particular of the very clear variety where the viewer looks down into the foreground to see what is happening in great detail on the seabed..

In most cases, a depiction of place is not the main object here (although the artist has defined the image's origins by declaring them in parenthesis in the title).What is more important is the fascination for the combined effects of sunlight, reflection and refraction distorting the seabed by a stretching and compressing process often highlighted by the phenomenon of water caustics.

On the surface, there are no human elements to be found in the paintings but on close observation the cliffs and water tend to convey or contain a subtle anthropomorphic quality that take the paintings into another realm, beyond mere land/seascape.

 

Pierre Peeters Gallery: Vero

Upcoming Exhibitions:   

Bizarre High Tea : Niki Hill   //  Fabric Phantoms Series 1 : Anya Whitlock

February 2015 - March 2015 // Opening Celebration: Thursday 5th February 2015

Vero Centre - 48 Shortland Street, Auckland