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
Marc Blake, of Auckland, supplied eight examples of his
''dreamlike'' landscapes for the exhibition ''Together in a
Sudden Strangeness'', senior art consultant Jacinta Byron
After spending time in Japan, Sydney and South Korea, Blake
returned to New Zealand and has been a regular exhibitor
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.