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Steuart Welch: Steeling Time

When:

Thu 15 Sep 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 16 Sep 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 17 Sep 2011, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 19 Sep 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 20 Sep 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Stuart Schwartz

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is the venue for a display of new sculptures by Marton artist Steuart Welch titled Steeling Time! Featuring 11 works by this ingenious artist, the exhibition presents an array of sculptures suitable for home or garden produced in formed and welded Corten steel which is designed to rust creating a protective patina or coating for the work. Steeling Time! is Steuart Welch’s third solo exhibition at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. Past displays have shown both his industrial engineered work as well as the quirky and cleverly fabricated ‘found art’ approach that has endeared Welch to a growing cadre of fans and patrons.

Steeling Time! presents sculptural concepts based on two themes “with a couple of painted Meccano pieces thrown in!” Each piece is a new creation from the imagination of the artist. “Usually”, Welch states, “I imagine my finished work, but embrace changes as the work progresses. I describe my work as ‘freestyle engineering’.” Steeling Time! opens with a reception for the artist on Friday September 2nd from 5 to 7PM at the gallery, 33 George Street, Palmerston North. The public is cordially invited. The exhibition will continue through 20th September.

About his work, Welch writes: “Corten steel has become the bottom line in my art practise, or rather what it can become if it is cut with an angle grinder, twisted with load straps and muscle power and welded with imagination. Producing preliminary drawings is not my style and neither is computer-aided design. I believe being self-taught as both artist and engineer strengthens my work. In my earlier life as a farmer I would have seen rust as a sign of decay and depression (engineers have the same problem). As an artist I have learned to embrace rust as the true nature of steel.”

The themes Steuart Wech has chosen for this exhibition are ‘Timepieces’ and a body of work he calls ‘Coneings’. For Timepieces he invites viewers to think of time coming around again although not quite to the same place. “Time may travel in a straight line, other times it may curve…well, Einstein reckoned it could.” His second theme results from the artist’s attempts to achieve a perfect cone or conical form. He calls these pieces ‘Coneings’ as in the dispensing of ice cream. Welch is passionate about his art: “I have been thinking of these two ideas for some time and welcomed the opportunity to make and exhibit them.” Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is also pleased to be able to offer these new works which will surely delight gallery visitors of all ages.

“Many objects that we handle every day are sculptural but we don’t always realize it until we change their context.” Jokingly he adds: “I think Meccano is in this category. And not rusty either.”

Welch’s exhibition highlights include a joint show at the Taupo Art Centre in 2005; solo exhibitions at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North in 2006 and 2008; one man shows at the Wine Country Gallery, Havelock North in 2008 and 2010 and a joint exhibition at the Millbank Gallery, Wanganui in 2010. The artist was also a Finalist in the Norsewear Art Awards in 2007 and a Merit Award winner in the 2009 Wanganui Arts Review.

Steuart Welch has been a dairy farmer, commercial nurseryman, artist in steel and a furniture maker. His artistic career began with the making of farm gates using found objects and has progressed over the years to finely engineered sculptures which make use of the best properties of steel. He has exhibited widely in the central North Island over the last dozen years and his artwork can be found in homes and gardens throughout New Zealand. The artist welcomes commissions and is pleased to discuss potential work with individuals, corporations and organisations.