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Exhibition: Sylvia Marsters - E Moemoea Naku, A Dream of Mine

Sylvia Marsters
29 Oct 2022 to 26 Nov 2022
Saturday 29th October to Saturday 26th November
Sylvia Marsters - E Moemoea Naku, A Dream of Mine, brings the artist’s practice full circle as lush tropical hibiscus paintings are presented alongside her iconic gardenia canvases.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition
Price: 
Free
Venue: 
Bergman Gallery Auckland
Address: 
3/582 Karangahape Road (Entrance via 2 Newton Road), Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Region: 
Online, National, Auckland

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Sylvia Marsters
E Moemoea Naku, A Dream of Mine
Opening Saturday 29 October, 2-5pm
Bergman Gallery,
Auckland

Guest speaker: Marilyn Kohlhase

All welcome.

Sylvia Marsters – E Moemoea Naku, A Dream of Mine, brings the artist’s practice full circle as lush tropical Hibiscus paintings are presented alongside her iconic Gardenia canvases. For much of her youth, the artist was thrilled with tales of her father’s island in the Pacific, stories that ultimately became represented by the flora that she paints. Elements of realism blend with concepts of romanticism and perceptions of Pacific fantasy in these new compositions, structuring a sense of serenity and compelling attraction.

The artist writes, ‘E Moemoea Naku is the manifestation of a dream of mine. This solo exhibition is the first time that I have shown a substantial body of work in my hometown of Tāmaki Makaurau for many years.  My prior exhibitions in the Cook Islands developed a meaningful connection with my ancestral home, the foundation of my art practice.

Bergman Gallery now opening in Auckland unites the two worlds that I traverse, the completion of a journey I began in 2003 with the Creative New Zealand | Cook Islands residency programme.

The paintings in this solo exhibition touch on some of the exhibitions that have been held in Rarotonga over the years, offering a glimpse into this journey, this dream of mine.’

Stand in front of a Sylvia Marsters painting and allow the colour, texture and form to propel you into a state of fantastic hyper- experience, a rich blend of fantasy, reality and experience.

Ao teatea, (misty world), oil on fine linen, 2022

Written by

Bergman Gallery | Auckland

30 Sep 2022

Bergman Gallery is a commercial dealer galley established in 2016 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, and is dedicated to the exhibition of Contemporary Pacific Art. Auckland branch is established in 2022. Directed by Ben Bergman, Bergman Gallery represents artists from the broader Pacific region.