A three-day exhibition in Christchurch, where artists are invited to showcase their unique visions of global travel in a world of lockdowns and closed borders.
All artworks are available for sale to an expected 2,000 guests, with selected pieces reserved for auction. The admission ticket includes a drink and canapé.
Nearly two years into a global pandemic, the idea of flying overseas seems little more than a distant memory. Yet these memories of international travel burn ever on in our hearts, as we long for the day when we can once again connect with remote friends and family or journey to exotic corners of the globe.
Our artists approach this theme in many ways. Some focus on flight, with images of planes, birds, and other winged beings, evoking the thrill of soaring through the sky. Others depict landscapes both familiar and exotic, speaking to the yearning for adventure as well as the comforts of home. And our abstract artists invite viewers to gaze deep into their inner world, exploring the complex thoughts and emotions they have experienced during these uncertain times.
Artists will be hosted at the historic Wigram Hotel. Built in 1938, the Hotel is home to the original RNZAF Base Wigram Officers’ Quarters and has played host to a many high-profile events in its time, including royal visits and international delegations. Its stunning heritage rooms are the perfect setting in which to appreciate the artworks on display, and scrumptious catering will be provided by the Hotel chef. The iconic Harvard Bar will remain open throughout the event for those who would like a drink or sit-down meal.
Join us Friday evening for the grand opening, where our carefully curated artworks will make their debut. Saturday marks the longest day of the exhibition, culminating at 5pm with an auction of our most prestigious artworks, followed by an evening reception. And on Sunday, accompany us for the grand finale, where we will see off our artists in style.
We invite you to join us for the grand opening night as the paintings are first unveiled, accompanied by festive drinks and food.
The most exciting day of the exhibition, with a selection of prized artworks available for auction at 5pm, followed by an evening reception.
Join us for the grand finale as we congratulate our artists and thank our sponsors in style, with prizes announced at 4pm.
Each e-ticket grants admission for one person across the three days. You are welcome to attend on as many days as you like, and may come and go during opening hours.
The admission ticket includes a drink and canapé.
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Colette’s paintings take inspiration from the natural world, from the stars to the sea, drawing viewers into a dreamlike realm that evokes a sense of cosmic wonder. Her abstract style developed through a decade spent amongst Australian Aboriginal artists, along with influences such as Lena Pwerle, Hundertwasser, Gaudi and Hayao Miyazaki.
Based in the Russian city of Kazan, Rustem pours his unfiltered imagination onto the canvas, creating striking images that draw the viewer into mesmerising and ethereal worlds. His paintings encompass a broad range of subjects and styles, with those selected for Memories of Flight conveying a majestic sense of weightlessness.
Frankie’s art explores themes of fighting consumerism and hedonistic instincts, with birds featuring frequently as a symbol of freedom: both in terms of the freedom of flight and the simplicity of their lives. She draws upon her own thoughts and experiences along with her observations of the world, creating unique and detailed imagery that prompts us to appreciate the simple moments of everyday life.
Steven is one of Australia’s most esteemed aviation artists, bringing the skies to life in breathtaking detail. As the son of a pilot, he began painting military aircraft from an early age, coming to specialise in renditions of WWII planes against set against scenic landscapes. His award-winning paintings are prized by collectors across the globe, and personalised commissions are available.
A graduate of Massey University, Mandy specialises in landscape paintings which use strong, contrasting colours to bring her worlds to life. She draws inspiration from locations such as Petone Beach and the Red Rocks of Wellington, merging their features together in a style that blends elements of realism with her own emotions as she paints to create awe-inspiring vistas.
Graduating from Groningen’s ‘Academie Minerva’ in the 1960s, Tom has established a reputation as one of the Netherlands’ finest living painters. He strives to achieve a synthesis between classical and modern art, ”combining traditional skills with contemporary insights.” His paintings take the classical regard for capturing realistic 3D space and infuse it with modern art’s appreciation of form and colour, an approach influenced by his extensive travels throughout Asia, particularly the Middle-East. Replete with mythological symbols, these images hold viewers captivated for hours on end as they search for hidden meanings.
Beginning her creative journey in early childhood, Kathy has honed her craft as an oil painter over 25 years. Her impressionist style fuses elements of 19th -century modernism with Eastern aesthetics to produce images that convey a sense of dynamic motion and evoke powerful feelings in the viewer. As Black Horse Media’s Artistic Director, Kathy is the driving force behind Memories of Flight, and warmly welcomes you to the exhibition.
Joseph combines printmaking with a variety of materials and styles to explore the ways in which society mediates and reflects mental illness, including anxiety and depression, especially in times of COVID-19. He draws upon his personal experiences as well as Freudian psychoanalytic theories such as the uncanny, doppelgangers, and the unconscious, and his work aims to invoke a sense of altered perception and challenge the viewer to confront themselves and become complicit in the work.