Sunday, 28 February 2021


Poetry provides inspiration for new Four Sight exhibition

A challenge was thrown down to four northern Coromandel artists to create four works each on a common theme for an exhibition at Hauraki House Gallery in Coromandel Town that starts on Friday this week.

Riding on a former successful two-woman show, “Double Vision,” Diann Cade and Jan Linklater have this year combined with two well-known artist friends, Jan Panther and Linda Sampson, to produce 16 paintings inspired by the William Butler Yeats poem, “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.” This has given them huge scope for their varied styles and interpretations, resulting in exciting and contrasting compositions.

Diann, whose background is architectural design and graphics has been experimenting with a looser paint application leading to moody cloudscapes or lively semi-abstract works with fluid lines.

Jan Linklater, scientist turned painter, uses landscapes, abstracts and figures to express her love of strong colour. She has found a sense of drama in the poem which is reflected in this year’s paintings.

Jan Panther expresses her passion for landscape in large, vigorous oil paintings she describes as modern realism. Favouring a blue/green palette with lots of colour mixing, her energy is apparent in her brush strokes and individual take on local scenes.

In huge contrast, Linda Sampson uses a limited palette of just five colours mainly unmixed, to create super-real paintings which often reflect her sense of humour. Subjects vary from a series of cars to swimming figures and a still life with flamingo. Her more serious stunning textile piece inspired by the poem title, “Cloth of Heaven,” will take centre stage.

Four Sight, curated by Ed Bucket, will open at 5:00pm on Friday and run until Sunday, 7 March.

Pictured: Linda Sampsons textile peice inspired by the poem title, "Cloth of Heaven".


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