I just love this little boat made from tin that sits on my wall. It reminds the way a container ship sits on the sea horizon before coming into port. The design is expressed in such a simple and naive way , a bit tipped up so you can see the deck, the funnels are different shapes as a child might draw. It never fails to make me smile. I think it succeeds because of the original and delightful way it is presented. I have a few of Barry's ships sitting beside each other on the wall. A little bit of the ocean in my living room.
Barry was born in Surrey England and has lived in New Zealand since 1992, he had a career in the British merchant navy developing a love of shipping and the sea. His ships are all different shapes and colours portraying real ships that he has worked on and /or loves.
RED art gallery in Nelson stocks his work.
There are objects and pieces of art that can be so beautiful to live with each day.
This is a piece of New Zealand cast glass, I purchased from Nelson years ago and it sits in its own spot to catch the light and sun.
In this blog I will share my thoughts and observations on how an art object or image has a certain POP and 'must have' quality.
I love the repeated circle pattern in this cast glass that are in the design rather than the colour, all the circles and bubbles catch the light in a different way. Very cute and loved every day.
I've been experimenting with larger paintings lately.
I'm calling them scrolls, as they are long, narrow paintings on canvas, with eyelets on each corner for hanging.
Here's the latest scroll, which I've called Tohu Pou.
It features Wellington city houses, the sea and local birds and wildlife - many of them endangered.
This work measures 21cm x 66 cm and is supplied with eyelets, ready for hanging.