Media Release: December, 2013.
Georgie Hill’s exhibition Feint opens at City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 30 November. Feint is Hill’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery and contains new, previously unseen paintings.
The Auckland-based artist produces small-scale, intricate watercolour paintings. The patterns she uses within her work are based on protective colours found in nature that act to confuse and deceive predators. These include the contrasting patches of colour on the wings of a moth, and the dazzle camouflage techniques of modern warfare (a type of camouflage that was invented by a painter).
The title of the exhibition Feint is linked to this. In fencing or military terminology, a feint is a manoeuvre designed to mislead an opponent by suggesting then deferring a certain course of action. Hill’s work is also characterised by imagined architectural or domestic space that often features pieces of furniture. These pieces are attributed to makers such as French designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Le Corbusier and modern Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray.
Georgie Hill graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland in 2002. She was the Olivia Spencer Bower Artist in Residence in Christchurch in 2011, and has exhibited at The Physics Room, Christchurch and in group exhibitions at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.
30 November – 26 January 2014
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
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Image caption: Georgie Hill, Pale fictions (viewpoint #2), 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland