hamish mcwhannell

13 - 31 May 2014

Photographs are the basis for Hamish McWhannell's paintings of disjointed urban scenes. The processing from old photographs to present painting simplifies and stereotypes the image, but point to a particular way of seeing. They are almost filmic, capturing a period as if that era is still with us.

McWhannell's emphasis is sometimes on the awkward aspects of reality, whether it is children self-conciously posing as in 1964 or Malcolm Ave. He uses himself as metaphor for every man, every child. There is grace and charm in his work, a sense of imposed order on a world that sometimes makes more noise than we want. McWhannell slows us down by making the ordinary contemplative.

For this exhibition, McWhannell will also exhibit a series of objet d'art cast in bronze.

Hamish McWhannell initially trained as a jeweller under Daniel Clasby in 1985, and began painting and exhibiting in 2002. He currently lives and works in West Auckland.

Chantel et Zazou, 2012-14. Oil on linen. 870 x 560 mm

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Black Monk, 2004-14. Oil on linen. 535 x 690 mm

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Dodgem, 2012-14. Oil on linen. 485 x 740 mm

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Malcolm Ave, 2012-14. Oil on linen. 760 x 560 mm

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Photo-reporter, 2004-14. Oil on linen. 585 x 790 mm

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1964, 2012-14. Oil on linen. 940 x 690 mm

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White Crown, 2004-14. Oil on linen. 630 x 790 mm

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White Head, 2004-14. Oil on linen. 860 x 635 mm

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Daisy, 2012-14. Oil on linen. 730 x 730 mm

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Blue Boy, 2004-14. Oil on linen. 535 x 740 mm

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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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