Front Row Seats by Jill Sutton
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm, unframed
A Creative Friendship
5 to 28 October 2023
Art brought the three of us together and if it wasn’t for our art it is unlikely that our paths would have crossed. A close friendship soon developed as our creativity grew. A Creative Friendship features the work of three of our regular artists, Fran Zukowski, Jill Sutton and Lindsay Blakeley.
Our styles and the way that we work are very different, impressionist/abstracts for Lindsay, ethereal dreamscapes for Fran and realism for Jill. We all work individually, however, through sharing our work as it progresses, we support and encourage each other. We are all inspired by the landscapes near to our homes and feel a close connection to the nature that surrounds us. With this exhibition we have all returned to the subjects that we most love to paint and that reflect the connection between the three of us and our individual passions.
One of my happiest memories from childhood was staying with my grandparents for the weekend and catching the bus down to Brighton seafront. I was fascinated by the rows and rows of beach huts. When I moved to Wellington, I developed a similar fascination with the boatsheds near to my home, in particular those at Titahi Bay .Just as I had as a child, I wondered who were the people who used them and what was inside.
The structure of the boatsheds is always the same but they are constantly changing whether through a new coat of paint or by the effects of nature around them.
The majority of works for this exhibition are based on photographs taken on regular walks on Titahi Bay beach with Lindsay. She is quite used to me stopping to take a photo of whatever boatshed has piqued my interest or to chat to an owner. Just as the boatsheds change and evolve so has my work and with these paintings, I have brought my own version of reality to life.