• Denys Watkins

Weasel Gallery is pleased to welcome Denys Watkins to Kirikiriroa to present Nancy’s Big Day Out, a solo exhibition.

With Nancy and her hair (from Ernie Bushmiller’s comic strip) as Watkins’ muse, the distinctive motif (a furry looking caterpillar form slugged upon Nancy’s head) operates as a unifier for the minestrone-esque offering. As per Watkins’ style of constructing complex compositions of vibrant hues with layers of watercolour and gouache, Nancy’s Big Day Out exemplifies Watkins’ innovative and intuitive approach to making.

Consistently dynamic and energetic, Watkins’ painting career of five decades has seen the artist take inspiration from a plethora of subjects including music, nature, and the everyday. Super flat and of course still, a cornerstone of the artists practice lies in his ability to imbue forms with a sense of movement through composition, balance and precariousness. Watkins’ exuberant style, masterful approach and unique visual rhythm remain endearing and deceptively clever.

Watkins studied at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design from 1962-1964 before travelling to London to study at the Central School of Art (1967), and the Royal College of Art (1968-1970). Alongside his practice, Watkins taught as a senior lecturer at Elam School of Fine Art from 1980-2011. Watkins works are held in public and private collections , in New Zealand and overseas.

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  • Hamilton, New Zealand