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Claudia Jowitt + Ruth Thomas-Edmond

Press Release – Bartley and Company Art
Claudia Jowitt + Ruth Thomas-Edmond
27 September – 28 October

Greetings , please join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibition with Ruth and Claudia

Claudia Jowitt and Ruth Thomas-Edmond, two artists who regularly show in the gallery, share an interest in what may be called everyday abstraction. Both are makers of multi-layered abstract works, which speak to the world in which they are created. Both also build their forms – which move between two and three-dimensionality – through repetition and accumulation of material and mark-making. Rarely simply paint on canvas, their work incorporates found materials from cardboard to seeds, beads and metal or even coconut husk in Claudia’s work.

Wellington based, Ruth completed a Master of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 2005. Recent public exhibitions include Solo 2014 at the Dowse Art and How to Fall in 2013 and The Obstinate Object in 2012 at City Gallery Wellington. Claudia completed a Master of Fine Arts at Elam in 2015. In 2016, she was the inaugural Tautai Pacific Arts Trust Artist in Residence at the Dunedin School of Art. She has been exhibiting since completing her undergraduate degree at AUT in 2009. Both artists have work in public and private collections.

Last days to view Brett Graham’s powerful exhibition

Resettle is Brett Graham at his elegant best – here employing the visual language of ‘targets’ to reference this country’s history and wider issues of resettlement and migration.

A review by Jessica Douglas in The Pantographic Punch of Brett’s recent Hawkes Bay exhibition pertinently reveals the depth of his historical knowledge and research in his projects: “The strength of Graham’s formidable exhibition is in its ability to wittingly challenge history: to constantly question the imagery and histories presented before us; to neither forget nor forgive. After all, as Orwell reminds us, historical narratives start from a position.”

And of his power as an artist: “By testing and creating this conversation around the boundaries of what art is and can do, Graham excels in doing his job as an artist and storyteller (or, perhaps, history teller).”

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