Country Cousins Add Spice To Depot Exhibition

Posted by on Dec 09, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Devonport’s Depot Artspace is currently hosting an exhibition by Grant Alexander and Peter Donovan.

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Grant and Peter are cousins who grew up together in Hawkes Bay during the 1950’s and 60’s.    Both had a passion for visual arts, which has shaped their careers over the last 40 years.

Peter, who trained as a teacher, is today recognized as one of New Zealand’s top naïve painters.  Peter’s paintings of pop icons, and New Zealand landscapes and personalities, show the influence of his father who was a caricaturist and political cartoonist.  He is represented in various collections across Australia and New Zealand, including the James Wallace Collection.

Grant is a Fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) following an outstanding career in visual communication design.  Grant made his name as a designer of books and magazines, and was a co-founder of one of New Zealand’s first major strategic design practices, Designworks, and today is on the board of the multi-award winning agency Studio Alexander.  The collages on display at the Depot are his first public exhibition of works.   His works draw on visual imagery from newspaper and magazine articles, and print advertising,  to address  a range of historical and contemporary political and cultural issues.

The exhibition runs until December 21st.

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