Riverton Community Arts Centre presents:
'View from the Artist’s Studio'
10 Dec 2017 - 4 Mar 2018
Open Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm
John Husband – ‘View from the Artist’s Studio’ is a survey exhibition, an overview of the artist’s career, featuring artworks never before exhibited in a gallery setting and available for purchase, alongside a number of notable artworks and personal effects that will be on display. All of which will provide an insight into the extensive artistic career and life of Southlander by adoption, Foster John Husband Q.S.O.
Opening Sunday 10th December, the exhibition will run until Sunday 4th March. The Arts Centre will be open Wednesday–Sunday from 11am–4pm during the show. John spent 20 years contributing illustrations to The Western Star newspaper, 22 years contributing to The Southland Times,16 years as a broadcaster at Foveaux Radio and was Director of Anderson Park Art Gallery for over half a century. An artist, journalist, broadcaster, musician and philanthropist, John and partner Jan Ross specifically chose Riverton Community Arts Centre for this exhibition to help raise funds for the Arts Centre, as Riverton is the place he loves and where he has called home for the last 30 years.
As an artist John has recorded, intentionally or not, many changes in Southland landscapes and townscapes over the decades. Some buildings are long gone, others altered but recognisable, and some views remarkably unchanged. His pieces are often accompanied by local histories, amusing anecdotes and personal observations - a priceless contribution to the history of Southland and beyond.
The inspiration for this exhibition is taken from a painting John produced in 1977 ‘From the Artist’s Studio’ which is now held in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery Collection. This piece took approximately a year to complete, which John began not long after moving into his studio on the corner of Spey and Dee Streets in Invercargill. The painting illustrates his view from the studio’s north facing window looking down on the service alleyway behind the shops on Dee Street. He writes a very detailed and entertaining description of the scene in his 2002 publication ‘Pen, Pigment and Pencil’.
In this show, ‘View from the Artist’s Studio’, we have re-created John’s Marne Street studio here in Riverton as the focal point as you enter the exhibition. The show will then take you on a journey through the hallway and through the Julia Faithful and Cathy Tane rooms of the gallery where various artworks and personal effects combine to give the audience an insight into John’s remarkable artistic career and life.
A large number of original pen & wash artworks, some from the ‘Pub’s o’ the South’ and ‘Riverton & Beyond’ 1 & 2 book series, will be available for purchase and displayed either in frames or folders for the public to browse through. This is an amazing opportunity to obtain an original piece of Southland’s history as seen through the eyes of John Husband. There will also be a large number of John’s books available for purchase during the exhibition.
Everyone involved in this project feels incredibly fortunate and very excited about this upcoming event and the majority of time that has been put into this exhibition has been offered on a voluntary basis as a thank you to John for his service and commitment to the Arts in Southland.
A gold coin koha is welcome when visiting the exhibition; this will help toward costs associated with the running of the Arts Centre.
The Riverton Community Arts Centre Trust, volunteers and Project Coordinator Lisa Grace, look forward to sharing our exciting event with the people of Southland.