on a clear day
janelle wills

16 September - 24 October 2014

A sense of the past, or perhaps the hidden present, tantalizingly just out-of-frame, haunts and potentiates Janelle Wills' work. She photographs apparently mundane, everyday suburban scenes - backyards, clotheslines, rubbish bins - and then paints them, infusing supposedly 'objective' representations with an almost palpable sense of absence or, unnervingly, invisible presence. Wills is interested in using banal imagery to create a sinister undertone that interrupts certainty and comfort, and alludes to something more ominous.

Janelle Wills was born in Tauranga in 1974, and currently lives and paints full-time in Auckland, New Zealand. She holds an MA of Fine Art and Design from AUT, a PGDipFA and BFA from Elam, and a MA in Conservation of Cultural Materials (specialising in easel painting) from the University of Melbourne. She has extensive work experience in conservation and restoration in England, Wales and New Zealand, rendering two scenic paintings for Auckland's Civic Theatre restoration.

Landscape Painting's Enduring Appeal
Saturday 11 October, 1 - 2pm

Warwick Brown, author of Seen this Century: 100 Contemporary NZ Artists and two other books on NZ painting, will present a talk as part of ArtWeek on Landscape: Then & Now, and on a clear day by Janelle Wills. Warwick will discuss landscape painting's enduring appeal to artists, collectors and the public, using the works on display to discuss the importance of painterliness and the artist's vision. He will then use Landscape: Then & Now to provide an interesting framework from which to view and discuss the everyday suburban scenes painted by Janelle Wills, and suburbia's place within the landscape tradition.

true blue, 2014. Oil on canvas. 455 x 520 mm

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by the by, 2014. Oil on canvas. 460 x 610mm

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fro down, 2014. Oil on canvas. 405 x 405mm

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on the lam, 2014. Oil on canvas. 640 x 560mm

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end over end, 2014. Oil on canvas. 405 x 505mm

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drive by, 2014. Oil on canvas. 510 x 760mm

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satellite view, 2014. Oil on canvas. 460 x 610mm

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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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