Buildings with Ath-itude

Peter Rumble and Jill Sutton

16 June to 17 July 2021

Buildings with Ath-itude brings together the work of two wonderful Wellington artists, ceramicist Peter Rumble and painter/illustrator Jill Sutton.

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Peter Rumble

“After a brief fling with stone carving I am now in a secure and dedicated relationship with clay. For some 12 years I have been learning as I go after studying part-time at The Learning Connexion where I tried various forms of art “to see if I was any good at anything.”

I love clay for its versatility and the myriad of challenges it presents through the various stages to becoming a complete ceramic object. Hand building architectural and geometric shapes is my passion but I also dabble with other forms.

I have had four previous exhibitions (three solo and one collaborative). I am a member of Wellington Potters’ Association where I oversee the kilns, am part of the team that fires the annual anagama and regularly mentor students from Massey’s College of Creative Arts (COCA) who wish to express themselves with clay.

Sir Ian Athfield, KNZM (1940 – 2015) was one of the most influential, versatile and compelling architects in Australasia and the South Pacific. Whilst some of his buildings have not survived today’s tougher regulatory standards, so many of his designs remain visually compelling – laced with a dash of humour and a two-fingered salute to the ‘grey men in suits’ of his day. 

I extract aspects of his buildings and reinterpret them, occasionally taking a flight of fancy by imagining what Ath would have conjured if he were to have been asked to design a this or a that building. (e.g. Marine Research Station).”

Jill Sutton

“I am a largely self-taught artist and my preferred mediums are acrylics and pen & ink, although I also work in collage and mixed media. The landscapes and buildings around Wellington and Porirua are my main sources of inspiration. My work is photorealistic and the result of a painstaking process driven by a search for perfection, I am always looking for that extra detail!

Originally from the UK, I moved to Wellington in 2001. I have previously exhibited at the NZ Art Show, the Bottle Creek Gallery at Pataka, Thistle Hall and a variety of local exhibtions where I have won a number of awards.

Peter had been working on his sculptures based on Ian Athfield houses and I had been working on a series of drawings of Wellington villas and, to tie our work together, I have drawn two Athfield designed houses – the iconic Athfield House and Porteous House in Khandallah. I come from the UK where there is a lot more uniformity in the housing and the thing that I love about Wellington is the individuality of the houses. There is so much variety in style and I particularly love the way that they appear to hang off of the hills.

In my illustrations, I am looking to explore the multiple buildings of all shapes and sizes, old and new,  and the geometry/angles that come about as  a result of this. Another thing that appeals to me is how much greenery there is in the city and how that softens and complements the buildings. I also like to use sepia rather than black pens which I feel adds to the softness and gives the feeling of an old photograph. Most of my material is taken from walks around the city but I have also included a couple of buildings in Oakland, California from my visits with my daughter who is at university in Berkeley as they have a similar aesthetic.”


Works by Jill Sutton

Works by Peter Rumble

Works by Neville Porteous

Buildings with Ath-itude’s guest artist is Khandallah local Neville Porteous, the patriarch of Porteous Tiles and resident of Porteous House which was designed by Ian Athfield and built by Neville and Gill Porteous in the 1970s. All visitors to Mitchell Studios are first struck by the beautiful Porteous tiles on the building facade and are often delighted to find those same tiles available for purchase inside the gallery. As a close friend of Sir Ian Athfield, Neville’s contribution to our exhibition is an extremely personal one and we thank him for it.