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Brian Millard: Lost and Found – A Retrospective



Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 8 March 2 – 3.30pm

“In painterly terms the words ‘lost and found’ refer to the edges of a shape. ’Lost’ describes how where values are ‘close’, edges merge or bleed one into another. And where edges are defined and sharp they are ‘found’.  But ‘lost and found’ has another meaning which is pertinent to the timing of this exhibition.

About twelve years ago my partner Marilyn Palmer Story (also a well-respected watercolourist) and I took a huge gamble. In the process we lost Auckland and found Otago. We purchased a couple of acres of paddock close to Arrowtown almost on Lake Hayes. We built a home and studios, a teaching facility and a commercial sized gallery on the site surrounded by mountains on all sides. We had no guarantee that we would be able to survive through our art.

Our first sale came before we had opened the doors officially. It was cause for celebration; and we toasted ourselves with a bottle of Moet. As time went on there were many more bottles of Moet, until regular sales became common place and we no longer felt the need to mark each one.

After more than a decade of successful painting and trading we look back on our time in Otago with a sense of wonder at our own initial foolhardiness and how we managed to do what we did. We returned to Auckland a year ago. We have not completely lost Otago but have found Auckland once more. It has been a splendid round trip.” – Brian Millard




Brian Millard: Lost and Found – A Retrospective



Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 8 March 2 – 3.30pm

“In painterly terms the words ‘lost and found’ refer to the edges of a shape. ’Lost’ describes how where values are ‘close’, edges merge or bleed one into another. And where edges are defined and sharp they are ‘found’.  But ‘lost and found’ has another meaning which is pertinent to the timing of this exhibition.

About twelve years ago my partner Marilyn Palmer Story (also a well-respected watercolourist) and I took a huge gamble. In the process we lost Auckland and found Otago. We purchased a couple of acres of paddock close to Arrowtown almost on Lake Hayes. We built a home and studios, a teaching facility and a commercial sized gallery on the site surrounded by mountains on all sides. We had no guarantee that we would be able to survive through our art.

Our first sale came before we had opened the doors officially. It was cause for celebration; and we toasted ourselves with a bottle of Moet. As time went on there were many more bottles of Moet, until regular sales became common place and we no longer felt the need to mark each one.

After more than a decade of successful painting and trading we look back on our time in Otago with a sense of wonder at our own initial foolhardiness and how we managed to do what we did. We returned to Auckland a year ago. We have not completely lost Otago but have found Auckland once more. It has been a splendid round trip.” – Brian Millard




Graham Downs: Retrospective – Fifty Years of Day-Dreaming



Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 15 February 2 – 3.30pm

“I started carrying my paint box around when I was eight years old. I was always recording or creating something, from spear guns and underwater cameras to paint boxes and yachts. As a teenager, weekends were spent travelling around with my mates, sailing, surfing and painting. I also had a keen interest in photography and had my own darkroom.

With my interest in art and my unusual view of the world, it was obvious that a career in art was where I was headed and working as an advertising art director/graphic designer offered a world of opportunity and travel. My interest in illustration and photography was my strong point and as a designer, I often conceived the work and completed the final illustrations and photography. Like other Kiwis working abroad, I had no fear of having a crack at anything and solved problems that overseas art directors walked away from. This kiwi can do attitude served me well and I soon became the senior art director with many leading international ad agencies.

I returned to New Zealand in 1983 and set myself up as an illustrator. There was no real illustration industry then and I played a major part in establishing it. My work won many national and international awards, but for me painting was always my first love, so after a lifetime of conceptual work I am more interested in the beauty of the world and the painting of light and the application of paint and the finished surface and effect. This exhibition shows my personal and commercial work, although there are many gaps, as I never collected my own work.”  – Graham Downs

View Graham’s exhibition catalogue here.




Graham Downs: Retrospective – Fifty Years of Day-Dreaming



Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 15 February 2 – 3.30pm

“I started carrying my paint box around when I was eight years old. I was always recording or creating something, from spear guns and underwater cameras to paint boxes and yachts. As a teenager, weekends were spent travelling around with my mates, sailing, surfing and painting. I also had a keen interest in photography and had my own darkroom.

With my interest in art and my unusual view of the world, it was obvious that a career in art was where I was headed and working as an advertising art director/graphic designer offered a world of opportunity and travel. My interest in illustration and photography was my strong point and as a designer, I often conceived the work and completed the final illustrations and photography. Like other Kiwis working abroad, I had no fear of having a crack at anything and solved problems that overseas art directors walked away from. This kiwi can do attitude served me well and I soon became the senior art director with many leading international ad agencies.

I returned to New Zealand in 1983 and set myself up as an illustrator. There was no real illustration industry then and I played a major part in establishing it. My work won many national and international awards, but for me painting was always my first love, so after a lifetime of conceptual work I am more interested in the beauty of the world and the painting of light and the application of paint and the finished surface and effect. This exhibition shows my personal and commercial work, although there are many gaps, as I never collected my own work.”  – Graham Downs

View Graham’s exhibition catalogue here.