Alan Ibell’s paintings take on the form of an object upon which to meditate, providing a space for contemplation. They are stages on which it seems events have just occurred, or in which the action is seemingly waiting in the wings for its cue. The paintings convey at once a sense of stark isolation as well as a potent possibility. Ibell is interested in images that express a kind of poetry that, coupled with the paintings title present the viewer with a visual experience that often plays out as a riddle or double entendre. In this floor talk, Ibell will walk you through his works on display as part of Strange Friends, and speak to the loaded literary connections and pop music references made in these works.

Alan Ibell is a painter based in Aotearoa/New Zealand (b. Ōtautahi/ Christchurch). He studied Painting at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. Alan spent several years in Melbourne, Australia before returning to NZ in 2016. He is currently based in Papaioea/Palmerston North.



  • Free


  • Sun 28 Jan


  • 12:00 pm — 12:30 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand