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HELEN CALDER, HAMISH COLEMAN, MARIE LE LIEVRE
THREE PAINTERS , 18 NOVEMBER - 23 DECEMBER 2015
This exhibition brings together three generations of painters who have all been shaped by the formative influence of the University of Canterbury's Ilam School of Fine Arts.
Helen Calder's concern with colour, form and how painting operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas and stretcher is at the heart of her practice. Her three-dimensional paintings push the limits of her medium to adopt the terrain of sculpture. Helen has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury and been exhibiting regularly since 2003.
Portraiture's relationship with abstraction is the subject of Hamish Coleman's painting. His work moves from fully abstract to anonymous figures appearing apparition-like within the painterly surface. The figures themselves are drawn from YouTube film stills of Beatles' fans. Hamish completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at the University of Canterbury in 2012.
Marie Le Lievre's oil paintings play on the border of abstraction and figuration. Described as having an "extraordinary ability to manipulate liquid paint into mesmerising sensual surfaces", she is interested in slippage and corrupting any notion of purity in genre. Marie has a Master of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of Canterbury, and has exhibited in New Zealand and in Australia, Japan and France.