Denys Watkins is a highly respected contemporary artist with a career spanning 5 decades. In the early stage of his career, he was widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest printmakers, a media since superseded by painting and watercolour.
Watkins’ distinctive abstract paintings show a keen fascination and curiosity about the world. While lately his attentions have focused more on environmental concerns, over his career he has drawn on a wide visual encyclopedia of cultural references, taking source inspiration from any area deemed relevant or necessary to a particular composition or series.
This new exhibition brings together recent paintings, supplemented by works from the last few years, that complement and extends Denys’ visual language.
Watkins taught as a senior lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1980-2011 and his work is held in several major collections throughout Australasia, including the Australian National Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, The Govett-Brewster, The Chartwell Trust, and many others.
Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 August, 5:30pm.
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