During December and into January, Uruti 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 an award for her illustrated children’s book. She has also won first place in the Telecom Art Awards twice and has featured on the cover of the Taranaki phone book.
Pattern is an important feature of naïve art, which plays an essential role in Aithnia’s paintings dictating the placement of everything from sheep through to blades of grass.
Aithnia has always had a love of painting and drawing and has honed her skills over many years, experimenting with different styles and media. She has also exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally over the last 25 years. Her work has garnered many awards from the numerous shows Aithnia has entered over the past two decades.
More recently Aithnia Batchelor has been assisting children at the Uruti school to find their own style of art.
This exhibition includes oils on board, acrylic on driftwood and a style of collage that involves layering painted hessian.
Her exhibition will run from the 7th of December until the 10th of January.