McLeavey Gallery

Three Painters

Ruth Ige, Jana Wood & Vivienne Worn
7 – 31 October 2020
An exhibition of three early-career painters—Ruth Ige, Jana Wood & Vivienne Worn—showing for the first time at McLeavey Gallery.
Awaiting the Morning
Ruth Ige, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 137cm
Boom
Jana Wood, 2020
Oil paint & rabbit skin gesso on board, 70 x 70cm
Portrait of a Person who Visited the Year 2060; Lime Green; Learnt by Heart
Ruth Ige, Jana Wood & Vivienne Worn
Installation
Learnt by Heart
Vivienne Worn, 2020
Oil & acrylic on canvas, 55 x 45cm
Lime Green Interior
Jana Wood, 2020
Oil paint & rabbit skin gesso on board, 60 x 60 cm
Portrait of a Person who Visited the Year 2060
Ruth Ige, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 75 x 75cm
Strange Vision; Swirl; Spinifex Pirouette; Serpentine Float
Ruth Ige & Jana Wood
Installation
Strange Vision
Ruth Ige, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 120cm
Swirl
Jana Wood, 2020
Oil paint & rabbit skin gesso on board, 50 x 50cm
Spinifex Pirouette
Jana Wood, 2020
Oil paint & rabbit skin gesso on board, 50 x 50cm
Serpentine Float
Jana Wood, 2020
Oil paint & rabbit skin gesso on board, 50 x 50cm
Clear Mornings; How do I Hold You; For the Hope That Won’t Leave; Sway
Ruth Ige & Vivienne Worn
Installation
Sway
Vivienne Worn
Oil & acrylic on canvas, 120 x 95cm
Clear Mornings
Vivienne Worn, 2020
Oil & acrylic on canvas, 60 x 75cm
How do I Hold You
Vivienne Worn, 2020
Oil & acrylic on canvas, 60 x 75cm

An exhibition of three early-career painters—Ruth Ige, Jana Wood & Vivienne Worn—showing for the first time at McLeavey Gallery.

Characterised by an expressive use of colour and intimate handling of paint, the three artists operate in a liminal space between abstraction and figuration. Evocatively depicted in oil and acrylic, references to people, faces and the natural environment emerge in a fresh, bold palette.

Ruth Ige

Ruth Ige graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2016. She has exhibited throughout New Zealand and abroad including at Karma Gallery in New York; Frieze Art Fair New York; and LISTE—Art Fair Basel, Switzerland. Most recently her work was included, alongside Christina Pataialii, in A Place Apart at the City Gallery Wellington.

Ruth describes her work saying, “I am interested in creating images that are not easily understood. Where there is this sense of being outside of a specific place or time. Where past, present and future collide and are coexisting within the same space. Bringing in a quietness, a slowing down and focusing in. Within all that, exploring blackness through the figurative form and the colour itself and all that it implies.” Ruth lives and works in Auckland.

Website: ruthigeart.wordpress.com
Instagram: ruth_ige_art

Jana Wood

An exhibition of three early-career painters—Ruth Ige, Jana Wood & Vivienne Worn—showing for the first time at McLeavey Gallery.

Jana Wood graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Post Graduate Diploma Fine Arts in 2018. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Waikato Museum’s National Contemporary Art Award and her work is in the collection of the Wallace Arts Trust.

This new collection of paintings was inspired by small moments or encounters in nature. Jana is interested in the concept of rewilding—in which the land returns to its natural state—and organic processes. Her paintings are made using rabbit skin glue gesso (a very old type of organic primer) and painted onto MDF board made from waste wood chips. The paintings are lush, vibrant, spacious and airy. Marked with brushstrokes, uneven patches and drips, Jana describes her paintings saying, “I don’t want a ‘pristine’ product, but a type of object that has grown organically and with care and awareness of our environment.” Jana lives and works in Auckland.

Website: janawoodstudio.com
Instagram: janawoodstudio

Vivienne Worn

Vivienne Worn graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in 2017. She has exhibited in dealer and artist run spaces across the country and has twice been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards.

For this body of work, Vivienne started by looking at small moments in historical etchings. Drawn to still life imagery and motifs, perhaps seeking calm during lockdown, Vivienne repeated these images until they became increasingly abstracted and free flowing. Vivienne said, “After repeated drawing I was free to work in brushstroke and palette. With a slowing of time, brushstrokes became gentler, more considered and there was a feeling that it became more about how I was painting, rather than what I was painting.” Vivienne lives and works in Auckland and is a member of the RM Gallery and Project Space collective.

Website: www.vivienneworn.com
Instagram: vivienne.worn

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