Timeless Vistas by Richard Parsons[show map]
Feb 01 2020 - Feb 27 2020
Award-winning artist Richard Parsons spends his days as a farmer in Central Otago’s Waikerikeri Valley where he and his wife have farmed beef and sheep for the past 36 years.
The rural setting inspires his largescale oil on canvas works that have been well recognised.
“I started with art classes at the local high school around 30 years ago. Some of my early works were entered into the annual Alexandra Blossom Festival Art Exhibition gaining merit, and that has continued with first place in 2010, 2014 and second place in 2008 and 2009 respectively and Highly Commended in 2019.”
Richard’s oil on canvas works do not have glaze applied, which he says enable the paintings to change and be affected by natural light when viewed.
“My work is predominantly landscapes of the West Coast, Main Divide, and Central Otago. The theme for the Eade Gallery exhibition is slightly stylised and focuses on colour and panorama with a timeless feel. There are no human made objects or buildings in these paintings.”
He hopes his South Island subject line resonates with the audience.
“Our wild and beautiful South Island, with its dramatic landscapes is unique to the world and I endeavour to bring out the colours and subtle lights to create a special atmosphere in these paintings.”