Queenstown hosts fab four art displays

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Dog sculptures, landscapes and surfboard art feature at exhibitions this month in Queenstown galleries. 

There’s a collection of 14 Central Otago landscapes at Milford Galleries, in Church Lane, by Dunedin artist Bruce Hunt. 

The mostly large-format pieces, entitled Central, depict vast empty tussock-clad hills and the arid plains of the Lindis, Danseys and Dunstan Trail regions. 

The landscapes, usually painted from mountain tops that Hunt has climbed to, mostly reflect the glow of dawn or dusk. 

Also showing at Milford Galleries is a sculptural exhibition, entitled

Top Dog, by Hannah Kidd, which humorously explores people’s obsession with canine perfection using steel and corrugated iron. 

Kidd won the Australian Montalto sculptural prize this year and has previously exhibited in Sydney, Perth, Vienna and Denmark. 

Both exhibitions run till September 1. 

Toi o Tahuna fine art gallery, also on Church Lane, launches another three-week exhibition of surfboard art by Aaron Kereopa on Friday night. 

“This is our biggest show of the year, and the most popular,” gallery owner Mark Moran says. 

“We expect at least half of the show to sell on opening night.” 

Kereopa, who lives in the surfers’ haven of Raglan, on the west coast of the North Island, uses surfboard foam blanks as his medium, fusing traditional carving with contemporary art. 

A member of the Tainui iwi, he explores themes including popular cultures and then similarities between Maori and Hawaiian cultures. 

The exhibition runs till September 1.

Jaw-dropping images by travel photographer Chris McLennan (pictured) – taken from as far afield as Alaska, China and India – are also on display at Jack’s Point clubhouse.