Passages exhibition

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A new exhibition at Methven Art Gallery showcases a variety of art works from Dutch born artist Elles Smallegoor.

Around 20 works, all oils, feature in the exhibition called Passages.

Passages referred to the name of one of her works, but also referenced “passing” through to another world, her own passage to New Zealand and also the corridors along which her exhibition was presented, said Elles Smallegoor.

Her paintings typically captured different styles, moods and colours and had a strong focus on detail.

Works featured included nature and landscape scenes, including Cape Reinga, a self portrait and reflective scenes.

“I started out as a realistic painter with a clear end-product in mind, but now I’m more interested in the ‘process’ of making art, placing emphasis on working from imagination, emotion and memory.”

She said she drew inspiration from Dutch artists who combined figurative and abstract art and derived her subject matter mainly from life in New Zealand.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Elles Smallegoor emigrated to New Zealand in 2012.

She was a university lecturer in literary studies in her homeland and also in Scotland and began painting around 15 years ago.

When not painting, she runs a sharemilking business in the district with her Dutch partner Robin and lives in Mayfield. Passages is Elles Smallegoor’s first solo exhibition and runs until October 24.