I have followed Annie Smits Sandano for 7 years now…in fact I posted about her way back in my first few months of blogging in 2008! Its with complete fascination that I have then been able to sit back and watch her beautiful work develop in subject matter and style. Her new base of Queenstown is certainly stirring up something fresh as seen in this new collection of work for her show “Romantic Ideals | New Zealand Landscape” opening at Auckland’s Seed Gallery on the 10th of December.
I will definitely be heading for a look myself!
Interested in learning more about this work? Scroll to the bottom for a full run down.
“In the most recent evolution within her practice, and with a sophisticated eye for shape and line, Annie assembles geometric and organic shapes in eruptions of colour. Elements overlap, interact, jostle for space and achieve harmony and unexpected co-existence within her dynamic compositions. Subtle and effective variations of paint texture also add a textural dimension to these vibrant and energy-filled pieces.
A selection of these works have been painted onto compressed plywood, a material used widely throughout New Zealand, in DOC huts, batches, cribs and homes. Parochial titles like Shark ‘n’ Taties and Larrikin situate these compositions within the New Zealand landscape; “Landscape” in this instance having a broader meaning which encompasses the cultural, linguistic and physical. In this way, a sense of place and local identity are assigned to each piece.
We are very excited to show Sandano’s most recent collection of paintings, with a preview on December 9th from 5:30pm. With works already featuring in important collections – The James Wallace Arts Trust, Hilton Group Collection, Auckland Hospital Art collection and Deloitte Art Collection among others, Sandano’s pieces are in ever-increasing demand.”