During February and into March Waitara artist Aithnia Batchelor shows her beautifully detailed depictions of Taranaki life in the naïve style of painting.
Aithnia paints in the naïve, or naïf, tradition which can be described as having a child-like simplicity. The level of detail in Aithnia’s work is typical of this style, as is the colourful palette she uses. Feelings of lightness and joy come from these paintings and it is easy to see how Aithnia has won awards for her work, including Telecom Art Awards twice.
Pattern is an important feature of Aithnia’s paintings dictating the placement of everything from sheep through to blades of grass.
She has also exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally over the last 25 years.
This exhibition includes oils on board, acrylic on driftwood and a style of collage that involves layering painted hessian, and her Wearable Art entry that is now for sale.
Her exhibition will run from the 31st of January until the 5th of March.