Artist Jasmine Middlebrook, of New Plymouth, said she
enjoyed talking to visitors during her two days working in
residence in Artbay Gallery last week. Photo by James
Contemplation and self-reflection are what artist Jasmine
Middlebrook hopes are the emotions felt when visitors to Artbay
Gallery view her debut Queenstown exhibition.
The 26-year-old New Plymouth artist said she enjoyed the
positive public feedback to her 11 oil-on-canvas works while
she painted at the easel over two days in the gallery in the
Mountaineer building last week.
Middlebrook said she had been working hard on the pieces
which form ''One Verse, No Rhyme'' since winter.
''They're all quite personal works and I've tried to get some
reaction from the figures I've chosen and how they relate to
each other,'' she said.
''Children don't have all the baggage adults do, so it's
easier to project yourself into these scenes.''
Middlebrook graduated from Otago Polytechnic School of Art in
2010 with a bachelor of fine arts degree and she was one of
the highlights at the Dunedin School of Art students final
SITE Art Exhibition 2010.
In the year she graduated, she won two awards for her
painting. She was second in the Invercargill Licensing Trust
Art Awards, then won the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin School of
Art's main art award.
She won other art awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday
art prize last year.
Gallery owner Pauline Bianchi said Middlebrook was ''an
extremely talented and motivated artist'' who was gaining
''Few artists can paint portraits, animals, still-life,
landscapes and architecture with such realism, yet still be
comfortable with leaving areas of the canvas in a semi
abstract raw state,'' Ms Bianchi said.
• ''One Verse, No Rhyme'' is in Artbay Gallery until November