Art By Carrie Ade
About my Art
The world impresses me. The weather, the sea, flowing water, the mountains and forests and jungles which ornament the earth are from what I derive inspiration. I am captivated by shadows and light and the vibrant colours that surround our daily lives, and this infuses my work.
I choose not to work from photographs, but rather from my experiences observing and exisiting in my natural surroundings. The earth and elements are always transforming and in understanding this, I allow my canvas to be alive. I allow the colours and contours to metamorphosis with moods and emotions evoked throughout the course of a work, with a single painting free to move through storm and calm, across see and land, night and day.
My work reflects my personal perspective of the world and the way I look at things and experience life. I aim to express my gratitude and appreciation for the beauty and magnificence of the natural world in all of its intricacies, and to instil those feelings in others.
I work in the style of exaggerated realism using a combination of acrylic and oil paints. My greatest passion is to paint on larger scale canvas, as allows me the presence to draw the eyes in, to enrapture the the onlooker and imbue the emotions of grandeur and allurement that I experience when I view the world.
I have always been exposed to art and creativity as I was brought up in a family of artists, with my grandparents and my mother who have all been successful in the proffession, but my ability as an artist has been guided throughout life by my personal connection to nature and its elements. I have always been an active participant in the outside world. With my initial exposure from my father. As a botanist he saught to invoke his love and knowledge for plants and their biology into his children from a young age, taking us on long treks through the forests, over mountains, explaining the importance and connection of all living things. I have learned to notice and appreciate the signifigance and magnitude of our surrounds which to many may seem mundane and for this I am infinately greatful. It is through my art I hope to share this with others.
Art Maui 2008 – Schaefer International Gallery
Motion Art Festival 2009 – TAPAC Arts Centre NZ
Wild Exhibition 2009 – West Coast Gallery NZ
Original Art Sale 2010 – Telstra Pacific events Centre
Emerging Art Sale 2010 – Alexandra Park NZ
New Zealand Art Show 2010 – TSB Bank Arena, Wellington NZ
Solo Exhibition “West Scapes” Aug – Sep 2010
presented by The Depot Artspace, Devonport NZ
Waitakere Trust Art Awards 2010 – Awarded for Merit Landscape
Works At Arataki – Dec 2010 – Feb 2011 - Arataki centre NZ
Currently Displaying Work at:
West Coast Gallery – Piha NZ
Depot Art Space – Devonport NZ
Abundance Gallery - Auckland NZ