Pounamu and painting are combining at Milford Galleries Queenstown from this week with the opening of two exhibitions, both running till August 15.
Neil Adcock’s ‘Kaitiaki’, which opened on Friday, uses pounamu to create sculptures linking the past and present.
Having spent decades as a creative director in the advertising industry, Adcock decided, in 2015, to pursue a career in jewellery and sculpture, drawing on his initial training at the Wellington School of Design in the 1970s.
He then taught himself the skills required to work with stone and metal, and established an art practice which has since seen his works exhibited in London, Milan and Paris.
Also on display at the Earl Street gallery is Simon Edwards’ ‘Prospector’, a series of paintings which capture the grandeur of our landscape.
Christchurch-born, Edwards gained a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts in ’97, was a finalist in the that year’s Cranleigh Barton Drawing Awards and, in 2005, won the prestigious Anthony Harper Art Prize people’s choice award.