Exhibition at ‘fun end of the artistic spectrum’

Dunedin artist Doug Hart showcases highly detailed local scenes, with a touch of humour, in his...
Dunedin artist Doug Hart showcases highly detailed local scenes, with a touch of humour, in his solo exhibition ‘‘Stunning Dunedin’’, at Moray Gallery. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD
Detailed depictions of Dunedin landscapes, architecture and wildlife are given a humorous twist in a new solo exhibition from local artist Doug Hart.

"Stunning Dunedin", which is open now at Moray Gallery in Princes St, features seven detailed local scenes in watercolour and drawing ink.

The exhibition is the first solo show for the Dunedin Art Society council member and immediate past president.

"Moray Gallery has been fantastic and very welcoming to me — it’s exciting to have this opportunity to showcase my work with them," Hart said.

The element of humour is important in all of the works. Hart highlighted that his creations are "at the fun end of the artistic spectrum".

It had taken about seven months to create all seven art works.

Hart drew on Dunedin’s "wealth of interesting architecture", as well as the harbour and wildlife, for inspiration.

"I only had to look around the city and harbour for the inspiration I was seeking as a starting point for my paintings."

Another love of Hart’s is Maori myth, history, arts and culture, which feature regularly in his paintings.

Imagery inspired by Witi Ihimaera’s novel Whale Rider features in the signature image for the "Stunning Dunedin" show.

While remaining true to the architecture and landscapes of Dunedin, Hart’s work abounds with amusing characters and witty asides — from "scarfie" communities to cheeky seals and birds.

"It’s a different way of looking at the city, which I hope will give visitors to the exhibition amusement and enjoyment."

"Stunning Dunedin" by Doug Hart continues at Moray Gallery until January 28.


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