Terreno by Gretl Barzotto

17a Holloway St, Clyde 9330, New Zealand    [show map]

Jan 13 2019 - Feb 06 2019

Formerly trained as an interior designer and more recently in visual arts, Gretl has exhibited since 2010 with works in various collections in New Zealand, Australia and Italy including the Wallace Arts Trust, Distinction Dunedin Hotel, Distinction Rotorua Hotel and private collections.

“The exhibition at Eade Gallery is an accumulation of a year’s work – an intuitive response to my immediate surroundings in Central Otago,” says Gretl.

“The title Terreno aptly describes the folding earthly forms that are suggestive of the vast undulating mountainous terrain here, creating endless layers and depth. Through observation and interpretation these landscape paintings reflect the raw open spaces and vast skies of Central Otago.”

Connection to nature and landscapes is her source of inspiration and was the catalyst for building a cluster of barns on the outskirts of Clyde, with her Italian husband, including a purpose-built studio space.

“My painting process is a combination of ink, paint and raw pigments which are deposited and embedded onto the surface. Every brushstroke denotes a moment in time and an action, forming a subtle relationship between the colours left on a surface.”