Paula Novak

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts begins its formal exhibition programme for 2016 with work by Hawke’s Bay artist Paula Novak. Displaying a range of artwork by this talented artist, the exhibition and sale features more than 20 paintings in acrylic or watercolour including portraits, surrealism and photorealism. Extraordinary Art will be Paula’s first public exhibition in over a decade and her first at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. Included in the exhibition will be a portrait of Sir Peter Jackson, a finalist in the 2004 Wallace Trust Portrait Gallery Awards, and a composite image of the Maori prophet T.W. Ratana. Her latest creation is a series of three large surrealistic works of women representing the Four Seasons.

 Paula specialises in portraits, nature painting and surrealism working mainly with acrylic on canvas. She is known for her highly detailed images of native pohutukawa, kowhai, woodpigeons and tuis. When viewing the exhibition look for human faces morphed into the indigenous landscape. She has one of those rare gifts in art: The ability to paint photo-realistically and to capture nature or the curves and proportions of the human body and face in every life-like nuance. Paula says, “I pride myself in being able to capture not only the outward image but something of the ‘soul essence’ of my subjects often taking portraiture clients into their own story with personal or imagined items and a touch of fantasy!”

 From early childhood in South Auckland, Paula became lost in the flow of the paintbrush as she captured the lines and character of friends, or conjured images from her rich imagination.

 Paula was a finalist in the Wallace Trust Portrait Gallery competition in 2004 with a stunningly lifelike portrait of film director Peter Jackson surrounded by secondary images from his films. Her composite image of Maori prophet and visionary T.W Ratana was commissioned for her husband’s book Ratana the Prophet and another historical composition, Te Haranui, featuring Samuel Marsden and Tamihana Te Rauparaha has been widely published in recent years.

 Her works have drawn praise from Waitakere City’s former mayor Bob Harvey, Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop, Village Roadshow Pictures, Hallmark Cards and the many clients who have commissioned her to create images for them. Paula’s paintings have found their way into private collections in New Zealand and around the world.

 Paula Novak and her husband Keith Newman moved from the bush in Titirangi, West Auckland, to Haumoana by the sea in Hawke’s Bay in 2009, where she has established her own gallery.

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