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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Introducing WRAPT ~ 22 Oct - 3 Nov 2011


an exhibition celebrating

human decoration and embellishment.

22 October - 3 November 2011 at the Depot ArtSpace, Devonport

Sat 22nd - 3pm: Pre-Rugby-Final Opening

Wed 26th - 12-3pm: Meet the Artists

Sun 30th - 2-4pm: Post-Rugby Celebration

Richard Leonard, photographer, and Sally Blyth, artist & mask-maker, have teamed up to create an exhibition that will be a  feast for the eyes. Presented in a variety of media, the images & creations will intrigue and captivate you. Thanks to World  Rugby (not that anyone is complaining as long as the AB’s win!), there will be two exhibition “openings” & more than usual opportunities to meet the artists (see schedule above).

As a photographer, Richard is pushing the boundaries of his craft, using the human form as living canvas. He shies away from being called an ‘artist’, but some of his works draw on his art education, touching on the language of cubism and modernism. Layering images of body art on top of body painting, using light not computer trickery, you will be challenged, then fully engaged. This is a unique technique, never before seen in New Zealand.

Trained as an architect in London & with a career in advertising & publishing, Richard has returned to his passion fulltime, drawing on his creative roots and his years of travelling for ideas. Working with talented body artists has broadened the scope of his inspirational photography.

Sally presents a range of her work exploring the adornment of the body & soul. Her exquisite masks can be examined up close & enjoyed as captured by Richard's camera. Using canvases and other more unusual backgrounds, Sally expands the concepts of decoration and style, wrapping the human form in elegant simplicity. As a 2011 WOW double finalist, Sally's exquisite garments have been wow'ing audiences in Wellington & her captivating skill will now be on display in Devonport.

Sally has always had a creative streak since childhood, but a professional career lured her to work with not-forprofit organizations near & far. Learning & developing her artistic style through her own observation, research and experimentation during her adult years, Sally now happily focuses on her creative passions full-time. Drawing on experiences of countries and cultures she has encountered, she enjoys exploring beyond the known, striving to create the exceptional.

Take the short trip to historic Devonport & soak in the charming & relaxed atmosphere. Visit the many cafes, galleries, restaurants & stroll the fabulous Harbour-side walk after the exhibition. Travel back in time at North Head, where WW2 gun emplacements can still be explored. The ferry from downtown Auckland takes only 10 minutes!
The Depot ArtSpace can be found at 28 Clarence Street, Devonport, Auckland.

For more information, contact Richard Leonard on 09 476 8210 or 027 410 8280

or email .
Sample images & further information can be obtained from .
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