A career worth of ‘stunning’ works to be exhibited

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Highly regarded Bannockburn artist Alan Waters will ‘‘believe it when I see it’’ when 60 of his artworks go on the walls at the Queenstown Contemporary gallery on Saturday.

Organised by Kate Blomfield, of Tantra Art, ‘‘A Retrospective Exhibition’’ will span the length of the 79-year-old’s career.

Blomfield said Waters was no longer producing work because of the onset of Parkinson’s disease, making the exhibition a ‘‘unique occasion to support Alan and have one of his stunning works added to your collection’’.

His watercolour works were held in private collections worldwide, and ‘‘sit comfortably alongside those of some of New Zealand’s most famous and respected artists’’, she said.

‘‘Certainly not one to follow any trends, his works have surprised many who have perhaps only been used to the older and traditional uses and styles of watercolour.’’

Known for his playful, subversive approach, Waters aimed to make viewers think by playing with time, perspective, and people’s imaginations and concepts.

He had won many awards and competitions in New Zealand and Australia, and been soughtafter as a tutor and judge.

Waters said there would be more of his artworks at the exhibition than had been assembled together before.

The self-taught artist said his the overriding goal had always been to ‘‘see something that nobody else can see’’.

Born and raised in Invercargill, he left New Zealand in 1979 and lived in England for eight years and Australia for 22, with a brief stint back in this country in between.

After selling miniature collectors’ items for 26 years, he sold his business and became a full-time artist in the mid 1990s.

He returned to New Zealand in 2002, and with wife Chris had been living and working at his Bannockburn home and studio since 2007.

The exhibition will also feature sculptural works by local artists Shane Woolridge, Tony O’Keefe, Stu King, Fiona Garlick and Louise Parker.

– Opening night of ‘‘A Retrospective Exhibition’’, works by Bannockburn artist Alan Waters, Queenstown Contemporary, Five Mile Shopping Centre, Saturday, December 19, 5pm. The exhibition continues until January 10.

Say it with flowers . . . R is for Rose, by Alan Waters. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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