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Liquid Dreams

Past Exhibition
19 Jun – 03 Oct 2010
Free

Julian Hooper, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Julian Hooper, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Brendon Wilkinson, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Brendon Wilkinson, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Kirsty Gorman, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Kirsty Gorman, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Michael Harrison, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Michael Harrison, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Linden Simmons, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Linden Simmons, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Kushana Bush, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

Kushana Bush, Liquid Dreams installation image. Photo: Jeff McEwan

A contemporary take on watercolour. Watercolour has become synonymous with cloyingly sentimental depictions of colonial landscapes, cottage gardens and softly modelled portraits and seemed destined to be locked in the classrooms and studios of the hobby artist.

But in Liquid Dreams, opening 19 June at TheNewDowse, six New Zealand painters revitalise the medium for the 21st century. Kushana BushLinden SimmonsMichael HarrisonKristy GormanBrendon Wilkinson, and Julian Hooper represent a new breed of artist who not only extend watercolour and other water-based media out of the realms of nostalgia and cliché, but add a metaphorical hard-edged twist.

'Liquid Dreams provides a contemporary take on a centuries old European tradition,' says curator Karl Chitham, "The six artists represent a renewed freedom in the use of watermedia."

Guest curated by 
Karl Chitham

Guest curated by
Karl Chitham