Alicja Gear: Essence of this Land
5 July – 11 August 2019
Working with oils on large un-stretched canvases, local artist Alicja Gear paints abstract landscapes that explore our deep connections with the natural world. She’s interested in the concept of kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection) as a way of managing the environment, and reminding us of our responsibilities as kaitiaki of the land.
The works in Essence of this Land have been inspired by the nearby Pāuatahanui inlet, providing a framework for Gear to focus on. Her bold use of colour builds on the emotions she feels when interacting with the land, and helps to portray the play of light across the scene. Gear’s large gestural marks also seek to explore the positive emotional response experienced when engaging with something of beauty.
Essence of this Land is Alicja Gear’s first solo show at Pātaka. She’s previously exhibited in the group show Four Women Who Paint and has been involved with the Little Sprouts Charity and the Pātaka Art Awards, winning the Jane Hyde Painting Award, 2018 and the People’s Choice Awards, 2017.