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Talented local artist Maria Kemp has become well known for her beautiful fluid style oil paintings of Otago Landscapes. Her distinctive painting style has a type of layered fluidity to it – where the landscape of the surrounding Otago hills can look like folds of fabric.
In this show Maria includes her signature landscape style but starts to look upward…
"In recent years I have been more and more drawn to the play of clouds across the landscape and the interaction of clouds passing over landforms, interweaving and dancing cloud forms like fabric swept up in the thermal winds. I have been learning about thermals also in part because one of my sons is a hand glider and he has to find and catch these to be lifted up and fly in.
It seems the natural progression in my style, drifting, floating billowing dancing clouds interplaying with the land. I am beginning to introduce figures as well that interact with and are part of the world as we see it."
Maria has been painting full time since 2003 and held numerous sell out exhibitions within Dunedin. Her paintings appear in public collections and have sold to collectors from all over the globe. She was recently asked to submit works for the 2020 Auckland Art Fair – her works sold out on opening night!
Follow the Cloud opens this coming weekend at Gallery De Novo and is made up of 13 original oil paintings. To view the show please click here
Maria Kemp exhibition: Follow the Cloud
Opens Gallery De Novo 6 June 2020