'Haeata - First Light' by Alexandra Howe - January 2021

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Howe’s practice draws inspiration from her mid-winter trips to the South Island. She has a longstanding interest in the NZ environment and landscape. Images collected for her current painting series are from Fiordland National Park.

“Continuing my exploration into the emotional effect of light on the landscape, this exhibition celebrates the shifting light of one hour at dawn on Lake Manapouri.”

Along with the inevitable changes that take place as the sun moves from below the horizon to a place above us, this also takes in the atmospheric changes that occurred on that Fiordland autumn morning. From quiet, glassy, still bays, passing showers, mist and low cloud to the more ruffled waters of wider spaces, and the effect of light reflected.

Howe has captured in her paintings the essence of the South Island. The natural beauty, the effect of light across the landscape, and the resulting mood, or feeling it evokes. A subtle change from a passing cloud, shift in time or something more dramatic, like the onset of a storm or sudden stopping rain shower, can transform the view or feeling of the landscape.

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Alexandra Howe oil painting South Island Fiordland painting
Thurs 28 January - Tues 16 February
Railway St Gallery, 8 Railway St, Newmarket, Auckland

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