Exhibitions set the scene

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CONTEMPORARY painter Jasmine Middlebrook is an artist of many faces.
Portraiture features widely in her work, which is now on show at Invercargill’s City Gallery in the exhibition Now You See Me.
The previous ILT Art Award winner lived in Invercargill before heading to Dunedin to complete a fine arts degree.
Now based in New Plymouth, Middlebrook said she often worked from photographs and liked to reuse certain motifs.
Wildlife, such as rabbits and deer, and objects such as apples, also featured in her work.
For this exhibition, she said she was going for an ‘‘atmospheric feel’’.
While she usually chose oil on canvas, this exhibition featured many paintings on board.
‘‘I’m just kind of experimenting with different surfaces,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s nice to expand and try different things.’’
With about 10 paintings on the go at a time in her home-based studio, she said it was good to see them up on the walls.
‘‘It’s nice to stand back and see it as a collection. You can tell that they’re all coming together.’’
This is her first solo exhibition in Southland after several in Dunedin, Queenstown and Wanaka.
Now You See Me is on until September 10.
Also showing at the gallery is the Southern Institute of Technology tutors’ exhibition Roundup.
The exhibition features work by art department tutors Patrick Gilles, Peter Belton, Kathryn McCully, Vaughn Millar, Chris MacDonald, Rachel Mann, Juliet Novena-Sorrel, Gina van Wichen, Michael Peacock, Kevin Miles, Stu King, Michael Taylor, and Duncan Sarkies.
City Gallery public programmes manager Hope Wilson said several different mediums were used, including a film storyboard, sculpture, digital photography and drawings on plywood which had been sealed and covered with water.
It’s the first time the gallery has hosted an exhibition of the tutors’ work.
‘‘I honestly didn’t know what to expect, it’s just amazing.’’
Roundup is on until Saturday.

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