When: 24th April - 14th May
Where: The Incubator, Historic Village, 17th Ave
A very prestigious exhibition that falls on renown local artist Doreen McNeill's 90th Birthday.
As a young woman, Doreen McNeill was a technical draughtsperson, drawing navigational charts for aircraft. The work was meticulous and intricate. In the early 1960s she began painting while living in the Bahamas. Since moving to New Zealand in 1987, Doreen has perfected her contemporary abstract techniques.
Doreen uses abstractions, grids and directions which are derived from her many years of hand drawing navigational charts for aircraft – before computers were in common use and aircrafts were guided only by radio signals shown on distorted roller charts in the cockpit.
While not based on any particular geographical area, the underlying inspiration for Doreen’s art work comes from the basic elements representing nature. Doreen paints in acrylics and builds up layers of exquisite colour to give the painting depth and a vibrant sense of texture.
Now in her eighties, Doreen continues to paint with passion and gusto and is still exhibiting her work in galleries throughout New Zealand. In 2014, Doreen was a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Art Awards and was a winner at the Miles Art Awards - Friends of the Gallery Award.
Doreen McNeill has exhibited her work widely throughout New Zealand and overseas including Taiwan where she exhibited with Philip Trusttum and Philippa Blair. Her work is in the permanent collections of the ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga Hospital, and the Tauranga Art Gallery, where she had a public retrospective exhibition in 2010.