New Vincent Ward exhibition

He may be one of our most celebrated filmmakers but Vincent Ward is also an accomplished fine artist, as an exhibition opening next month in New Plymouth will amply demonstrate.

Ward, whose film’s like Vigil and River Queen have become defining works in New Zealand’s film canon, will have a series of still images on display at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery opening in December.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Breath – the fleeting intensity of life’, marks the first time Ward’s images have been surveyed in the context of an art museum, mixing photography, painting and digital imaging.

The displayed works are concerned with themes of metamorphosis, light, darkness and immersive experience conveyed through otherworldly landscapes and transcendent states.

“I am working to find an alchemical marriage somewhere between the worlds of motion, film and painting,” says Ward.

The exhibition will run from December 10, 2011 to February 26, 2012 at the gallery on the corner of Queen and King Street; admission is free.

Curated by Rhana Devenport, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a publication of the works with a commissioned essay by writer and playwright Louis Nowra.

Check the Govett-Brewster website for further details.

Image: Embryo 2011 © Vincent Ward