Seeing what no one else can see



Highly-regarded Bannockburn artist Alan Waters will ‘‘believe it when I see it’’ when 60 of his artworks go on the walls at Five Mile’s Queenstown Contemporary gallery on Saturday.

Organised by Kate Blomfield, of Tantra Art, ‘A Retrospective Exhibition’ will span the length of the 79-year-old’s career.

Blomfield says Waters is no longer producing work because of the onset of Parkinson’s disease, making the exhibition a ‘‘unique occasion to support Alan and have one of his stunning works added to your collection’’.

His watercolour works are held in private collections worldwide, and ‘‘sit comfortably alongside those of some of New Zealand’s most famous and respected artists’’, she says.

‘‘Certainly not one to follow any trends, his works have surprised many who have perhaps only been used to the older and traditional uses and styles of watercolour.’’

Known for his playful, subversive approach, he aims to make viewers think by playing with time, perspective, and people’s imaginations and concepts.

He’s won many awards and competitions in NZ and Australia, and been sought after as a tutor and judge.

Waters tells Mountain Scene there’ll be more of his artworks at the exhibition than ever assembled together before.

The self-taught artist says his overriding goal has always been to ‘‘see something that nobody else can see’’.

Playful: One of Water’s pieces, ‘R is for Rose’

Born and raised in Invercargill, he left NZ in 1979 and lived in England for eight years and Australia for 22 years with a brief stint in NZ in between.

After selling miniature collectors’ items for 26 years, he sold the business and became a full-time artist in the mid-1990s.

He returned to NZ in 2002, and with wife Chris has been living and working at his Bannockburn home and studio since 2007.

The exhibition will also feature sculptural works by local artists Shane Woolridge, Tony O’Keefe, Stu King, Fiona Garlick and Louise Parker.

Opening night of ‘A Retrospective Exhibition’, works by Bannockburn artist Alan Waters, Queenstown Contemporary, Five Mile shopping centre, Saturday, December 19, 5pm.  The exhibition continues until January 10.