Annabel Neall

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts ends its 2017 exhibition year with a distinctive exhibition by Palmerston North artist Annabel Neall. Echoes from Fiordland will feature 25 new works in a small format using acrylics, collage and mixed media. Twenty-three of the works are 150mm x 200mm landscape paintings and two are larger, abstract paintings; all are unframed. The scope and size of the majority of the works are a departure for the artist who is more generally known for her large amorphous landscapes or for abstractions based on geological formations. Annabel Neall has exhibited at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts every two years for the last twenty years since the gallery opened in 1997. Echoes from Fiordland will open on Tuesday 12th December and continue to the end of the month. The gallery will be open on Sundays 1 - 4pm through December 24th but closed on the statutory holidays. The exhibition will conclude on Saturday 30th December.

The theme of the exhibition according to the artist relates to a trip which she and her husband Dr Vince Neall, recently retired Massey University geologist, took on the Motor Vessel Affinity in August 2015. The ‘expedition’ began when they boarded the MV Affinity in Doubtful Sound and spent the first day exploring the fiord arms before overnighting at Little Precipice Cove in Bradshaw Sound. Neall writes: “Next day we exited into open sea and headed south to the Harbour Islands in Breaksea Sound. Following this we followed Breaksea Sound up into the Vancouver Arm, then headed south via the Acheron Passage to Dusky Sound. This is the most historic of all the sounds; Captain Cook visited in 1773 on his second voyage to these isles.”

Annabel continues her narrative: “Dusky Sound is where early sealers ventured to be the first pakeha Fiordland residents and where later due to a leaking vessel about 273 people were stranded for months at Facile Harbour.” A hundred years later the area became the centre of wildlife conservation in New Zealand when Richard Henry set up base on Anchor Island in an attempt to preserve kiwi and kakapo from extinction.

“Leaving Dusky Sound for the open sea once more, we headed south to Chalky Inlet before entering Preservation Inlet. Here a rich mining history at the former town of Cromarty and the stories of manning the Puysegur Point lighthouse provide entertaining tales. We were finally helicoptered out from a former Auckland Harbour ferry adapted with a landing platform to Tuatapere and then on to Invercargill. The weather varied from mirror calm to choppy seas.”

On her journey and through her research Annabel Neall discovered that the human history of the Fiordland region is extraordinary. There are signs and ruins of this occupation throughout the area. She concludes: “The colours are naturally sombre. I have tried to bring feeling into each painting using collage, acrylics and mixed media for effect.” Annabel Neall invites the public to relive her journey by viewing her exhibition as a ‘painter’s sketchbook’ and experiencing the special nature of Fiordland captured first in a sketchbook and then on her canvases.

Annabel Neall comes from Te Aute in Hawke’s Bay. She grew up on a farm at Pukehou, where she always took the opportunity to sketch and draw. She then trained as a nurse and midwife. During this period she continued to paint and attended several weekend schools taken by Pat Hanley, Louise Henderson and others.

She first exhibited at the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Art Gallery in Napier. In 1970 she exhibited at the Queen Elizabeth II Art Awards in Hastings; and by 1974 had gained her Preliminary Fine Arts Diploma through night school at Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North. She then exhibited in the Manawatu Review in 1981, the Tokoroa Art Awards in 1982; and showed her first solo exhibition Images of Interest in the Taylor Jensen Fine Arts Gallery, Palmerston North in 1997. Two joint exhibitions followed in 1998 and 2000 at the same venue. Since then she has arranged five solo exhibitions in Palmerston North: Images of Interest – A Progressing in 2004; Images of Interest from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia in 2005; Reflections in 2006; People and Places in 2008 and Figures in Abstraction in 2010. In November 2013 Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts hosted Annabel’s Geological Impressions. Her most recent exhibition was Window to the Falling Sun in December 2015. Annabel has also shown at Potocki Paterson Gallery in Wellington in a combined exhibition in 2016.

Annabel has completed a number of papers at Massey University. She has exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, the Wine Country Gallery in Havelock North, Emerge Gallery in Wellington and the Parnell Gallery in Auckland. She has illustrated three books and completed many commissions for American, Australian and British buyers. Annabel’s works are principally in acrylics and mixed media. She loves sketching historic houses, painting animals and Hawke’s Bay landscapes, but more recently is finding satisfaction from painting abstract art.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15