Don Hill & Steve Leurink

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts takes great pleasure in showcasing the talents of local artists Don Hill, who hails from Whanganui, and Palmerston North-based Steven Leurink. The pair met in a pencil-drawing class in Whanganui about 18 years ago. Don and Steve have appreciated the differences in their styles while promoting each other’s work over the years as friends and fellow artists. In the exhibition Don Hill with show 19 oil paintings and Steve will display about ten acrylic works.

The exhibition is entitled Heritage and is described in their own words:

“Two artists, two different styles, two different mediums that reflect a range of interpretations that evoke connections to our region of natural landscape, our native fauna, culture and our bond to the past and the present. With respect to a more nostalgic connectivity through our art and relevance in which to resonate with our community, this exhibition is a pairing of minds and materials.”

Heritage will open on Friday evening June 1st from 5-7pm with a reception for the artists. The exhibition will remain on display through 20th June. The public is cordially invited to the opening and to view the exhibition at their leisure at other times during its run at the gallery.

Don Hill is a recognised artist well known for his ability to paint horses and portray New Zealand high country. Painting has always been his passion and combined with his interest in rural lifestyles and horses, he manages to articulate the energy and vibrancy of these animals and the places they inhabit. His studies of men on horseback evoke strong feelings of nostalgia for a way of life that is increasingly disappearing. Also characteristic of Don’s work is the wonderful contrast between the creamy surface of the oil paint and the often rugged subject matter. Other favourite subjects are seascapes and still life. Don’s works are sold mainly through galleries from Auckland to Queenstown. He often undertakes private commissions as well.

Steve Leurink is a multimedia artist who strives to create a more contemporary vision and connectivity within his work. Painting his own connection to the land through narrative and conversations often including themes such as cultural preservation and awareness and multiculturalism.

“Painting for me is my self-expression… a personal state of mind that has an association to the subject, emotions and ideas and then becomes a transformation of visual interpretation.” He is observant and sensitive to nature which is sometimes his escape and solace that connects him to the land. Recent works demonstrate a painterly approach with the artist creating dimensional treatments, reworking the surface to add to the work and having a play with geometric shapes.

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