Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is honoured to host an exhibition of recent works by distinguished award-winning Palmerston North artist Colin Hoare who will share exhibition space with his two talented twin sons, Alex and James Hoare. Having visited Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts with their dad and mum since they were toddlers in prams, 19-year olds James and Alex have followed somewhat in their father’s footsteps and taken up art as part of their high school studies and won local art awards as well! They say that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree and in Hoare’s case his talented off-spring has made him and his lovely wife Lyn very proud indeed. Colin Hoare is a professional sign-writer whose celebrity portraits in oil on canvas adorn a wall at Moxie’s Café on Palmerston North’s George Street. Colin regularly exhibits at the Feilding and District’s Art Society (FADAS) Art Expo held yearly in July at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre. Living and growing up in a home surrounded by art, not just by Colin, has seen these two young men become not just aficionados but skilled practitioners of contemporary art styles. Alex and James’ Year 13 Art Portfolios will be a feature of the exhibition and an opportunity for the public to view this work only shown publicly at Te Manawa Art last year. A Family Affair will feature oil and acrylic work by all three artists.

Alex Hoare attends Victoria University studying music. He is an accomplished cellist and has played with the Palmerston North Youth Orchestra. In addition to musical practice each day his father says “He draws every day and paints regularly while holding down a job to help pay for his uni tuition.” Alex recently won an award at the FADAS Members Show and has won a Junior category at the Mangaweka Fakes and Forgies exhibition.

James Hoare, also working to help pay university expenses, attends Massey University, Wellington and majors in computer 3-D art and production. James has hopes of becoming a ‘Gamer’ and as Colin states “Currently designs computer games that may make him even more famous someday!”

Colin Hoare is a self-taught artist and local sign writer. “I work from photographs preferring faces of people who are relaxed and acting naturally. I think it is a privilege to paint a portrait of someone; trying to be honest in my presentation. I sketch first with a pencil and then paint with a brush. I prefer oil because the paint takes longer to dry allowing me to use a pallet knife or similar tool to move, remove or shape the paint.” Colin says, “I am extremely hard on my brushes and often use bits of plastic like a pallet knife. I also like painting with pen and wash. Light is one of the most important parts of my work as it gives depth and definition to a portrait. The response I receive from people when I finish a portrait or work of art is very satisfying, but I believe that the most important thing for an artist is to like your own work!”

Hoare has had paintings selected for the Wairarapa’s Wai Art Portrait Awards and for the last three years has shown at the Feilding and District Art Exhibition. A work was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards exhibition. Colin has also shown work in the Christchurch Art Show and for the last 3 years has shown work at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. As aforementioned, Moxie’s Café has established a ‘Wall of Fame’ based on Colin’s portraits. When someone famous comes into the café, the staff takes a photo of them and Colin paints their portrait for the wall. At least 30 portraits now adorn the café wall; the most recent being Billy Connelly. Colin Hoare’s painting skills have also been recognised nationally as a painting by him features on the cover of The New Zealand Artist magazine, issue 6, September/October 2014. The five page article includes photos of a selection of his painting style. Colin has just been accepted into the prestigious Wellington-based Adam Portraiture Awards for 2018.

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