Annabel Neall

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts ends the year with an exhibition by Palmerston North artist Annabel Neall. Window to the Falling Sun features 24 paintings which the artist says are “whimsical thoughts that cover my past; the exhibition evolving from early collages each designed to make a statement.” The rest of the ideas displayed “evolved on their own as the exhibition development progressed.” Annabel has an affinity with the land particularly the hills of Hawke’s Bay, in discussing Window to the Falling Sun she states: “Patched hills had to come into it. These shapes that are often so old and worn have always been of interest – so worn that some have been ‘patched’ as it were. These seemed to fit in with the other ideas which I hoped to enhance. For me this is evocative of things that have gone before. Perhaps giving me a chance to build out of these ideas again and again.” Window to the Falling Sun will open on Friday evening 4th December with a reception to honour the artist from 5 to 7pm. The public is cordially invited. Window will continue through December; viewing hours will include the 3 Sundays prior to Christmas Day from 1-4pm.

 Annabel Neall comes from Te Aute in Hawke’s Bay. She grew up on a farm at Pukehou, where she always took the opportunity to sketch and. She then trained as a nurse and midwife. During this period she continued to paint and attended several weekend schools taken by Pat Hanley, Louise Henderson and others.

 She first exhibited at the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Art Gallery in Napier. In 1970 she exhibited at the Queen Elizabeth II Art Awards in Hastings; and by 1974 had gained her Preliminary Fine Arts Diploma through night school at Queen Elizabeth College in Palmerston North. She then exhibited in the Manawatu Review in 1981, the Tokoroa Art Awards in 1982; and showed her first solo exhibition Images of Interest in the Taylor Jensen Fine Arts Gallery, Palmerston North in 1995. Two joint exhibitions followed in 1998 and 2000 at the same venue. Since then she has arranged five solo exhibitions in Palmerston North: Images of Interest – A Progressing in 2004; Images of Interest from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia in 2005; Reflections in 2006; People and Places in 2008 and Figures in Abstraction in 2010.

 Annabel has completed a number of papers at Massey University. She has exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, the Wine Country Gallery in Havelock North, Emerge Gallery in Wellington and the Parnell Gallery in Auckland. She has illustrated three books and completed many commissions for American, Australian and British buyers. Annabel’s works are principally in acrylics and mixed media. She loves sketching historic houses, painting animals and Hawke’s Bay landscapes, but more recently is finding satisfaction from painting abstract art.

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