Watercolours by Celia Guy

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.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

“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

LAND & SEA
By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

Animalia
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

“ECLECTIC IMPRESSIONS”
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

TEXPLORATIONS: Paintings
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

WATERCOLOUR ASPECTS: New Paintings
By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

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

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