Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is pleased to host an exhibition of watercolour paintings by Taihape artist Celia Guy. Eclectic Impressions: Watercolours by Celia Guy will open on 3rd December with a reception for the artist from 1 – 3pm at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North. The exhibition will feature recent watercolour paintings by this talented observer of the world around her. Twenty-five framed bright, colourful paintings are representative of a lifetime of painting in a minimalist yet lively style which will surely please the viewer.
Celia Guy was raised on a station in the McKenzie Country where life was ruled by snow and floods. As a youth Celia enjoyed skating, skiing, horse-riding, and many family activities, especially picnics. After boarding school, she attended Ilam School of Arts in Christchurch with additional art tutoring by her mother and grandmother, both accomplished artists in their own right. Following her studies at Ilam, she trained as a Karitane Nurse specialising in the care of babies and children. Celia married a North Island farmer and lived at Brunswick, Wanganui, Mangaweka, Mataroa and later at Taihape, raising three sons and a daughter. While living in mostly rural settings, Celia still managed to involve herself with community art groups and continued to paint at every opportunity. Family, piano exams and dressage on a Hanoverian horse took time but Celia still kept up with painting and sketching potential subject matter for later work. Celia comments; “I have my own art studio; living in beautiful farming country west of Highway 1 only 15kms from Taihape, we are 600 metres above sea level and winters can be cold – a regular reminder of my McKenzie upbringing!”
Paintings in oils, watercolour, gouache, pastel or egg tempera, Mrs. Guy’s subjects will vary from portraits to landscapes, buildings to flowers, animals to spectacular sunsets. This versatile artist has not limited her subject matter; she is most well-known for her simplistic depiction of life in the high country of the Rangitikei and the South Island areas of the Banks Peninsula, Tekapo, Mt. Cook, Wanaka and Queenstown. Although a ‘realist’ in her art practise she does not shy away from including abstracted forms in her works making them unique visual presentations.
Mrs Guy has had successful exhibitions at Wanganui, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. A further exhibition in Wanganui is planned for 2017.
Celia’s family was instrumental in the establishment of the Aigantighe Art Gallery in South Canterbury; her great grandmother Helen Grant (1854-1955) left ‘Aigantighe’ historic home to the people of Timaru and Grant’s daughter Jessie Wigley and grand-daughter Margaret Parker (Celia Guy’s mother) were instrumental in developing the house as an art gallery in 1956 as Mrs. Grant had wished. Paintings by Celia’s mother and grandmother form part of the early collection of this renowned South Island gallery celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
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