Girl in graphic style
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 550mm high x 550mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $49 internationally.
Original oil painting on canvas, 1000 x 1000 mm, 2012
“Girl in graphic style” is Minson’s bold foray into the medium of acrylic paint, splatters, cross hatching and lightning bolt brush work. It is graffiti art, graphics and painting all in one. This little Maori girl is not one person in particular but she is a strong symbol for the youthful energy and potential for growth within the artist, and the viewer.
The new technique and strikingly different aesthetic to Minson’s usual finely detailed oil work does not herald a complete and permanent break from her style. It is in these sorts of dramatic experimentations where an artist will take the best of what she has learned and incorporate it subtly into her established “voice”. Minson’s voice is not static but has been continually developing over the last eight years of her career as a full-time artist. The purpose of this work is to investigate a new, sharp, raw energy, which can potentially inform her contemporary Maori portrait series in the future.
Since 19th century New Zealand artists such as Lindauer and Goldie, there has been a surprising lack in the tradition of Maori oil portraiture. While Minson is inspired by their works, she says her contemporary Maori portraits “are far from Goldie’s recordings of a vanishing race” and are intended to fill an important niche for her generation. As a Maori artist of mixed heritage (Ngati Porou, Swedish and Irish) she is interested in showcasing contemporary Maori as a vibrant and evolving people.
This painting is part of Minson's 4-18 September 2012 exhibition of new works at Parnell Gallery.
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