ether – paintings by Tina Frantzen, Lucy Eglington and Lucy Barker

Following the closure of the gallery Tina Frantzen used to exhibit in, she is now back exhibiting with two fellow artists at Railway St Studios, a very nice little gallery in Newmarket. Check out their work on opening night next Friday or dropping in during the time of the exhibition that runs to 25th November. A popular and accomplished trio have come together to bring us Ether. Tina Frantzen, Lucy Eglington and Lucy Barker all work in an elevated space, allowing their minds to wander and reveal imaginative images. Frantzen’s paintings are of enigmatic and elusive figures who occupy those small, ephemeral moments … Continue reading ether – paintings by Tina Frantzen, Lucy Eglington and Lucy Barker

Ephemera, an exhibition of new work by painter Tina Frantzen

What: Ephemera by Tina Frantzen When: 5.30pm – 7pm, Tuesday 30th November Where:  Satellite Gallery, cnr of St Benedicts St and Newton Rd, Newton, Auckland The exhibition runs until 23rd December 2010. For more information visit our website or call the gallery on 09 307 6416. Please note:  The gallery will be closed from the 23rd December 2010. Continue reading Ephemera, an exhibition of new work by painter Tina Frantzen

Chris Dennis: Please Be Quiet Please

Just in case anyone is close by in Zurich – this is Chris Dennis’ latest exhibition at the Jedlitschka Gallery. Seefeldstrasse 52, Zurich. Opening 7 November 2014 17:00 – 20:00 Chris was one of the artists at Dornwell Studios with me before moving to Zurich with his wife and son. Unfortunately I can’t be there as I will be at Railway St Studios for ether – paintings by Tina Frantzen, Lucy Eglington and Lucy Barker. Continue reading Chris Dennis: Please Be Quiet Please

John Pule, artist – KERMADEC, nine artists explore the South Pacific

John Pule has three large works in this exhibition. Two of these large paintings vividly depict the volcanic nature of Raoul Island using oil and varnish. Its depicted as dark, lush and continually rumbling.  Pule has managed to portray a molten, volcanic feel to the land. Springing from the soil is the lush fantastical tropical plant life. ‘The Great World’ also has a tropical looking bird-like creature. In ‘The Other Country’ the plants are so lush they grow stongly off the top of the canvas. In these works John Pule uses a limited palette of black ink and oil. The … Continue reading John Pule, artist – KERMADEC, nine artists explore the South Pacific

What’s on your Plate?

On Saturday, we braved the ‘weather bomb’ and headed down to Papakura Art Gallery to see ‘What’s on your Plate?’. What’s on your Plate presents a variety of outcomes from a participatory assignment using the idea of a plate as a metaphor for the act of sharing as well as referring to versions of the adage “I have a lot on my plate”. Carolyn Milbank from our studio asked for particpants two years ago and those requests continue at the gallery too. There are over 100 participants whose submission you can see on a special website in the gallery. Some … Continue reading What’s on your Plate?

What’s on your Plate

Just before my visit to the Auckland Art Gallery, I read a blog post from Artista…thoughts on art in London about ‘Parallel Painting Paths – Mondrian and Nicholson converse at The Courtauld.‘  Walking to the Frances Hodgkins exhibition that day, I passed this painting by Ben Nicholson which looked so similar to the one in Chloe’s post: 1939 (composition). Much better in real life than this image shows. I saw a lot of Nicholson’s work when I was in south England last year. Two artists from our studio, Amy Mackinnon and Carolyn Milbank, have an opening this coming Saturday morning. What’s on … Continue reading What’s on your Plate

Raglan Art Trail Open Studio Weekend

Saturday 28th January – Monday 30th January 10.00am – 4.00pm A three day Open Studio Weekend over Auckland Anniversary weekend (January 28th – 30th 2012), where the artists open up their studios to the public. Included within the Raglan Art Trail Guide are maps of Raglan and its surrounding area showing the locations of the various artists involved in this event, making it easy to plan your visits for each day. The artists will have a range of their work on display and available for purchase, and will be happy to discuss their thoughts and processes with you. So an … Continue reading Raglan Art Trail Open Studio Weekend


Tina Frantzen’s solo show “Entre’acte” at the Satellite Gallery in St Benedicts St, Newton. The opening is on Tuesday 13th December and the exhibition runs until Saturday 24th December.   Since she began painting six years ago, Tina Frantzen has been exhibiting consistently and has had three solo shows previously at Satellite Gallery. (  Her works are held in private collections as well as that of the James Wallace Trust. She paints intuitively using the qualities of light to illuminate elusive and enigmatic figures, the details of each being unknown to her before painting commences, so that with each work there … Continue reading Entre’acte

RAW… like a lion

After five months of absorbing art from earlier centuries, it was refreshing and inspiring to check out AUT University’s School of Art + Design RAW Festival 2011. We only took in the Visual Arts portion of the festival over four floors – work from both the Bachelor and Postgraduate Visual Arts programmes. I was excited in particular to see Margaret Estall’s work. I had studied at ArtStation with Margaret over 2 years and at that time she painted exquisite representational work based on the floral head wear of the Cook Islands. The senses play a large part in her latest … Continue reading RAW… like a lion