title The lie of the land
publication The Nelson Mail
description Article by Naomi Mitchell
date 14:06:2006

"Leary's paintings examine the relationship with nature and human dynamics."

There is a school reunion of a different kind at Catchment Gallery this month. An exhibition of paintings by Jane Blackmore, Anna Leary and Nic Foster began at the gallery last week. All three graduated from the inaugural Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Bachelor of Visual Arts course in 2002.

Blackmore said that although they developed their art separately since leaving NMIT, they remained good friends. "There's a real sort of unity between the way we work and the focus we have and our art practices." Blackmore described her works as "like meditations". "It's really capturing the moment that you miss. You try and retain it and you can't." Blackmore, who now lives in Wellington, said the exhibition was particularly special to her because it represented the close links she still had to the Nelson art community.

Areas around Arthur's Pass are the inspiration for Foster's "large works of mist, mood and landscape". "All of us have worked extremely hard on our art careers, and this is a nice opportunity for us to show our work together," he said.

Leary's paintings examine the "relationship with nature and human dynamics". She has been working on them, and others, from her studio in Queens Rd. Leary still has close links with NMIT. She said she would continue to attend graduate shows. "I'm always impressed with the calibre of the work, There's a bit of momentum going on."

The exhibition continues at Catchment Gallery, 255 Hardy St, until July 1