• Ngata Reihana
  • Luke Sullivan
  • James (Bing) Taikato
  • Kapila McRae
  • Donna Jenkins
  • Rosemarie Bowers
  • Tzukeet Newman
  • Reece Tong

I Live Here is an exhibition organised by Pablos Art Studios featuring the work of Ngata Reihana, Luke Sullivan, James (Bing) Taikato, Kapila McRae, Donna Jenkins, Rosemarie Bowers, Tzukeet Newman and Reece Tong.

I Live Here is an exhibition by Pablos Artists who make work about homes, houses and dwelling. Among the hugely diverse range of artists who use Pablos Art Studio, there are some who produce work illustrating an intuitive draw towards the lived environment of Pōneke. Through a variety of mediums, the exhibition sensitively presents perspectives of living in the region that are rarely heard or seen.

The artists exhibiting in I Live Here carry distinct voices through their photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, collage and printmaking. Ngata Reihana creates absorbing freehand op art and lovingly crafted bird houses. Donna Jenkins has created an intimate village mixing diorama, model and assemblage that reflects rural life. Rosemarie Bowers’ drawings weave together the familiar and unfamiliar scenes from urban and suburban Wellington in such a way we can see the passing of time. Luke Sullivan captures both charm and challenge in a collection of masterful and evocative paintings and sculptures. Tzukeet Newman’s illustrations make an accessible translation of immense complexity to palpable simplicity. Reece Tong brings a lifetime of art making to distill the architecture of Robert Scott in paintings and sculptures. Paintings, sketches and woodcuts by James (Bing) Taikato portray imaginary luxury homes against a backdrop of his haukāinga and maunga tupuna.

Pablos Art Studio is a free-to-use community art studio that the public can access to achieve mental wellbeing. The space has been operating for nearly 30 years and has served hundreds of artists over that time. Many of the artists that use the studio live on the breadline and have experienced a great deal of stigmatisation and prejudice. These artists are tāngata mātau-ā-wheako, people who have lived experience of mental health, housing insecurity, incarceration and homelessness. Within their own lives and within the studio, they have developed inspirational resilience. Pablos recognises the importance of affirming identity through art and similarly, these artists affirm their identities in Wellington’s strenuous housing landscape in I Live Here.

Curated by Pablos Art Studios

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