Otherworldly landscapes in exhibition

Living and working in Japan and South Korea influenced Auckland artist Marc Blake when painting Bashi (2014), part of a new exhibition at Milford Galleries Queenstown. Photo by Glenn Frei.
Living and working in Japan and South Korea influenced Auckland artist Marc Blake when painting Bashi (2014), part of a new exhibition at Milford Galleries Queenstown. Photo by Glenn Frei.

Delicate renderings of otherworldly landscapes are the hallmarks of a new collection of work displayed at Milford Galleries Queenstown.

Marc Blake, of Auckland, supplied eight examples of his ''dreamlike'' landscapes for the exhibition ''Together in a Sudden Strangeness'', senior art consultant Jacinta Byron said.

After spending time in Japan, Sydney and South Korea, Blake returned to New Zealand and has been a regular exhibitor since 2002.

The University of Auckland graduate participated in solo and group exhibitions at private galleries and public institutions including the Kyoto Cultural Museum, BankART Yokohama, and the Auckland Art Gallery.

A multiple finalist in the Wallace Trust Awards since 2008, Blake has also been selected for continued addition to the Wallace Arts Trust collection in order to provide a diary of his practice within the collection and to create a collector's record of his work.

''Together in a Sudden Strangeness'' opens on Saturday and runs until April 2.

The Royal Queenstown Easter Show show, back for its fourth year, also starts on Saturday but runs until April 30.

The showcase of contemporary New Zealand art includes distinctive small paintings by Marc Blake and Simon Edwards, plus significant works by Michael Hight, Paul Dibble, Stanley Palmer, Sally Smith and Hannah Kidd.