Carterton artist Lindsay Durrant. PHOTO/EMILY IRELAND

 

EMILY IRELAND

Sea and sky-scapes come to life under the brush of Carterton artist Lindsay Durrant.

Durrant, who moved to Carterton last year, launched his first Heart of Arts exhibition on Friday, featuring his oil landscape paintings.

The exhibition will run until June 13 and is called, Natural Moods.

“I’ve loosened up my work. A lot of it is about water and skies,” he said.

“I just love the colours, I mean look at the sunsets in Wairarapa.”

Durrant who has been interested in art from a young age took it on seriously in 2000 when he did a course in studio painting at an Australian polytechnic after being made redundant from his job.

Here, he learned methods of oil painting.

“The biggest challenge with oil is patience,” he said.

“Unlike acrylic which dries so fast and you can paint anything over anything, white over black, black over white — it doesn’t matter, with oil, if you make a botch of things, you’ve got to get an old cloth and wipe it off as best you can.

“But, I love the luminous effects you can get from oil, and you can bring out a lot of depth, more so than acrylics.”

Durrant was an established artist in Christchurch before he shifted to Wairarapa last year and hopes he can ground himself firmly in the arts scene here.

Also launching last Friday was Carterton’s WAM (Wai Art Monthly) exhibition at No. 23 Gallery which also features Durrant’s works.