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Jenny Mehrtens

Gallery: Jenny Mehrtens Artist, 10 Bush Creek Road, Arrowtown, (by appointment)

  • Making Their Mark - Maori Girl III - Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Oak Board (1100 x 1100)
  • Making Their Mark - Maori Girl VIII - Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Oak Board (1100 x 1100)
  • Making Their Mark - Girl with Kakahu - Acrylic and Variegated Leaf on Oak Board (800 x 800)
  • HEI TIKI - OCEANA - Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Oak Board (120 x 160)
  • HEI TIKI - POUNAMU WITH HEAD TILT - acrylic and gold leaf on oak board (120 x 160)
  • Visionaries - Lion Eyes (Winston Churchill) - Oil on canvas (750 x 1500)
  • Visionaries - Moon Shot (JFK) - Oil on canvas (750 x 1500)
  • Visionaries - Marilyn - Oil on canvas (1500 x 1200)

Jenny Mehrtens is an Arrowtown based artist, primarily a painter, she has had several group and solo exhibitions and her work can be found in private collections worldwide.

"I welcome visitors to my studio by appointment....i am found there most days, but please call 021875337 to make sure I'm there! I have a gallery of works to view and also welcome commissions." 

Jenny was born and raised in Dunedin and her natural creative talent and love of visual arts was nurtured by her family (some of whom were artists) and the Dunedin community. She had a successful clothing design business based in Dunedin in the 1980s under the labels “Jenny Haggitt Originals” and “Verve”. 

Jenny studied painting at Inverlochy Art School in Wellington and now lives near Arrowtown where she has a private studio on the outskirts of this small historic town, and paints full time. 

“Producing art is a great journey for me. In my studio, I am always experimenting and trying different things. Early in my artistic career this led me to develop unique styles with gold leaf - a medium which I love and have mastered. Historically, it has signified reverence of an object or idea that the artist wants to convey. I use gold leaf to create a spiritual layer of meaning to my subjects."

In her current series “Making Their Mark” Jenny has researched and referenced Maori patterns derived from Ta Moku, rafter patterns and early Maori carvings.  

"My response to Jono Rotman’s photographic series of the Mongrel Mob, was to paint a series which explores the beauty of Māori culture. As a 5th generation Pakeha, I question if I have a right to be “Making their Mark.” I find that tension interesting. At the heart of this journey there is a desire to better understand and appreciate Māori culture. I have tried to paint this series with integrity and reverence. The subject is from early Māori photographs (referenced on each piece), the patterning is my interpretation from early carvings, rafter patterns and ta moko."

EXHIBITIONS TO DATE:

May 2017 - group exhibition, Autumn Festival Art Exhibition at Lakes district Museum

October 2016 - Group exhibition. New Zealand: Kiwi conciousness. Imago Mundi. Treviso Italy

2016 - Paintings for sale in Francis Patterson, 41 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown.

December 2015 - Drawing Life, group exhibition at the Lakes Museum in Arrowtown

October 2015 - finalist in the Art Gold Awards, Central Stories Art Museum and Gallery, Alexandra

2015 - MAKING THEIR MARK paintings for sale at Artbay, Queenstown

28 November 2014 - Life Ed Art Exhibition, Wellington, group exhibition

October 2014 - A Palette of Poetry, Dunedin Community Gallery, Group exhibition

April - May 2014 - Locations Art Exhibition, Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown

December 2013-2014 - Diamond Showroom - 15 Earl St, Queenstown

Linocuts and other works on display at Provisions, Dudley's Cottage and Decode, Queenstown.

Artbay Gallery - 32 Rees St, Queenstown

December 2012 - display of linocuts in Decode and The Spire Hotel Queenstown, Provisions cafe and Laneway in Arrowtown

October-November 2012 - solo exhibition at Amisfield Winery, Queenstown with Artbay

October 2012 - exhibited at Artbourne, Wellesley College, Wellington.

April 2012 - entry in Art2wear show, autumn Festival, Arrowtown.

April 2012 - Arrowtown Autumn Festival Art show at Lakes Museum Gallery.

December 2011 - January 2012 - Otago Colour Exhibition with Christine Hill at Lakes District Museum and Gallery in Arrowtown, NZ

August 2011 - solo exhibition at Peak Club, Coronet Peak, Queenstown NZ of SKIER SERIES - 2011

June 2011 - Wellington Life Education Trust Exhibition of NZ Contemporary Art

Oct 2010 – Artbourne Wellington

2008 – 2010 commissioned works

Nov 2007 - group exhibition at Inverlochy Art School

Jan 2007 - group exhibition at Inverlochy Art School

Nov 2006 - group exhibition at Inverlochy Art School

 

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