Graffiti scenery: Sam Foley's 'Water of Leith III'


A Striking collaborative art exhibition by two Dunedin friends has opened at Queenstown’s
Artbay Gallery.

It features works by Sam Foley and Pete Wheeler and also pieces they’ve collaborated on.

The pair met while studying art in the late ’90s and were studio neighbours before Wheeler took off to live in Berlin for 12 years.

Over that time, Foley would travel over during the European summer and work in Wheeler’s studio and they’d also undertake road trips together.

The latter returned to Dunedin with his family early this year and the artists are again working together.

Their Queenstown exhibition centres on their experiences of Berlin.

Foley’s specialty is graffiti scenes while Wheeler employs symbols and motifs.

‘‘Aesthetically, we’re at different ends of the spectrum,’’ Wheeler says, however their work has similarities because of their shared experiences.

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Foley, who’s twice exhibited landscape paintings at Artbay, says their exhibition’s title, ‘Post Pop Division’, is ‘‘a riff’’ on muso Iggy Pop’s 2016 album, Post Pop Depression.

‘Division’, he says, refers to Berlin having been a divided city, but also their feeling of having been cut off from it due to New Zealand’s borders having closed.

‘‘It’s a really multi-layered show, so there can be plenty of conversations about it,’’ Wheeler says.

Artbay owner Pauline Bianchi says the exhibition has ‘‘an intriguing, modern and edgy narrative, with striking imagery’’.

‘‘It’s a wonderful testament to their lifelong friendship, artistic parallels and outstanding achievements.’’

The collab exhibition’s running at Artbay’s Exclusive Exhibitions gallery till September 2.