Jo Hickey

Jo Hickey is an accomplished photographer and sculptor, currently working mainly in bronze.

After basic training in Wellington, she spent six months honing her sculpting skills in a workshop in Paris – a city which delights and inspires her.

Since returning to her native New Zealand, she has joined a group of like-minded artists who gather annually in the Wairarapa to work together, transforming wax originals through to their finished state in bronze.  At other times, her sculpting is done from her workshop in Wellington.

Jo is driven by a fascination with exploring the creative opportunities that arise from the study of the human form in different contexts and by the technical challenges that flow from this.  Her work traverses the territory between the literal and the surreal, engaging the viewer with its accessibility and then shifting their perception slightly towards an other-worldly interpretation.

Jo has previously exhibited her photography very successfully.  This is the first time she has presented her bronze work to the public.

 

Tony Stewart

Tony is a self-taught artist He is originally from the UK, but has lived in New Zealand for many years, initially in Wellington and now Hawkes Bay.

In his art he sets himself challenges, such as creating a work from poor quality source material - old photographs or a  frame from a video. He is inspired by the natural world, music and dance. Visual arts and music have much in common. Both space and form are used in the composition of sound or picture. Rhythm and repetition, beauty and colour are important components.

There is no higher meaning to his paintings, no profound message. His aspiration is not to create art that needs to be explained, but simply enjoyed.

In recent years Tony has been painting private commissions. Form and Feature is his first exhibition.