Biography

Justin Summerton

In his latest exhibition, emerging young artist Justin Summerton harnesses the raw energy of New Zealand landforms and coastlines with the texture of his paint.  

 

He captures and intensifies this power with layers upon layers of dense oils, culminating in a landscape painting that is far from traditional, and referring to the New Zealand landscape with a fresh perspective.

-Warwick Henderson Art  Gallery

 

 

Following the success of his first exhibition at the Warwick Henderson Gallery, the November 2000 show by Summerton took us further into his utopian New Zealand through intensive details and a maturity in his application and technique.  Many works are on a larger scale than he has previously done, indicating a significant development in his work.

Although Summerton is using the same general locations as subject matter for these recent works, his focus has changed from an overall ‘primeval’ landscape to developing more defined areas such as viewpoint, atmosphere and perspective.  

Summerton says, "…I sometimes subtly alter perspective to vitalize the forms of cliffs or undulating hills, to relate clouds to the forms of the land."


This is a very innovative body of works from the popular young Artist", says Gallery administrator Pania Lincoln, “his intensive application of oils builds layers of colour and texture that give the works a visual and literal 3-dimentional quality that is unique.”

 

Chronology

1968   

Born Liverpool, England. "I was actually born in The Wirral not Liverpool -  a river separates the two, yet they are worlds apart." 

1972   

Family emigrated to New Zealand, settled in New Zealand

1985   

First year at Otago University

1990   

Studio flat St Clair Esplanade, Dunedin.  Early experiments with oils, mainly ocean-scapes   

1991   

First solo exhibition, O'Brooks Gallery, The Octagon, Dunedin

   1992       

Traveled to Liverpool.  Rented a studio at the Bluecoat Chambers and worked on Liverpool city-scapes.  Painted and explored Paris, and then Copenhagen, Denmark, where he was commissioned to paint a mural   

1993   

Completed Bachelor of Arts, Otago University

   

Solo exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery: paintings and photographic studies of England and Europe.   

1994   

Went to America.  Exhibited in Detroit.  Began "live painting" in central park, New York City.  Continued Street painting in Nice in the Cote De Azure, South of France

       1995

U.S.A, the West coast.  Worked out of a log cabin in Mendocino, Northern California.  Exhibited in San Francisco

1996   

Sydney, Australia, studio in Redfern.  Exhibited in a group show at the Nexus Gallery, Darlinghurst.  Contributed a photo-montage study to the first Australian auction of contemporary photography at the Wemyss Gallery

1997   

Painting and photo-montage studies of Tenerife (Canaries), Spain, Portugal, London (live painting at Leister Sq)

1998   

Based at Karekare

1999    

Group exhibition 'Beyond Beauty', Peters Muir Petford Gallery, Queen St, Auckland   

1999 - 2000  

Part of Millennium and America's Cup group show at Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland

1999   

Solo show "Primeval New Zealand Landscapes" at Warwick Henderson Gallery. Auckland

2000   

Solo show "New Works"  at Warwick Henderson Gallery. Auckland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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