Chris Kannegieter-Groves

Wallace Community Gallery May 3rd to May 15th 2012

Drawn to Abstraction

As I stare at the harvest moon rising over the horizon, I know it is a globe, a sphere, a planet, but I see it as a flat cut-out circle, a golden coin, which will become a smaller silver coin as the night progresses. Things are not what they seem.

It was my introduction to the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) - in particular his geometric abstraction - that made me aware that I could express these insights in paintings. “Arpeggio” was my first attempt to do this, and other paintings in this show are further explorations - the binding of shape, line and colour with plenty of space to become a meditative object. To satisfy me, the end result must be lyrical, beautiful, balanced and well-ordered.

In 1988 I moved from West Auckland to start the second half of my life in the Waikato – the first ten years in the ghost mining township of Renown near Huntly. I had space, isolation, and room to paint – to work out this new way of painting for me.
Chris Kannegieter-Groves, May 2012

1937 Born /educated in England.
Emigrated to NZ after 6 years in the Netherlands 1961-7.
1967-88 Family years, lived/worked in Auckland.
1975-88 Attended workshops/classes, Henderson, ArtStation Ponsonby, and Auckland Soc of Arts (tutor Ernestine Maddox).
Briefly Working Member ASA.
1988 Moved to Waikato. Continued to further my development in Art through Community Education. I am particularly indebted to Waikato tutor Pam Watson.
1995-2005 Tutored art classes at Huntly and Ngaruawahia.
2000 I was one of the founding member of newARTnexus (now Artnexus) – a collective of Waikato painters
2007 Moved to Hamilton from Ngaruawahia
Exhibitions – See folder accompanying this exhibition

I have works in private collections in NZ as well as Australia, Hawaii and the U.K. My painting “Progression” was acquired by the Waikato District Council for the then new Huntly Library in 1998.

This image gallery only shows some of the works on display