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New Zealand artist Anita DeSoto lives in Waitati, Dunedin and has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for the last 13 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts and has been lecturing in Drawing at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic since 2004.

Anita DeSoto's most recent paintings find sources in anonymous vintage snapshots. As a result, her subjects are people and settings she is not familiar with, but that are nonetheless presented in an intimate way. DeSoto paints gesturally, using broad strokes that appear to blur or smear the images; sometimes her oil paint application is so thick that the strokes drip and distort surrounding forms and give her work a ghostly feel or one of motion or a fleeting moment. DeSoto's palette is usually rich in colour evoking memories of summer days gone by. This recent photo-based figurative painting explores the relationship between the two and the use of paint to evoke pathos, memory, and nostalgia.

In recognition of her contribution to the New Zealand visual arts she was awarded an arts residency in the prestigious Leipzig International Art Program for three months in Leipzig, Germany (2010).  In 2014, she was artist in residence at the New Pacific Studios in Vallejo, San Francisco, 2014.

See NZ Herald review. See Arts Diary images here.


 

 

 

School, 2015. Oil on aluminium, 1000 x 800mm

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War Bride, 2015. Oil on aluminium, 1000 x 800mm

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Wedding, 2015. Oil on aluminium, 800 x 1000mm

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Circus, 2015. Oil on aluminium, 1000 x 800mm

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Stables, 2015. Oil on aluminium, 1000 x 800mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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