Hamilton’s new gallery, Skinroom in Frankton, presents a unique exhibition featuring Hawkes Bay artist Wellesley Binding, having opened on the 25th of February and running until the 12th of March. Scratch & Lose features twenty works by Binding, including his highly regarded f@ntasia series. In addition to his works are the supporting photographic works of local Hamilton artists Chris Davis and Adam Edwards.
Born in 1946 in Melbourne, Wellesley Binding attended R.M.I.T Illustration and Design in 1968 and began painting in the same year. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1974 and lives and works in Havelock North where he has been painting full time since 1991.
Scratch & Lose is a collaboration of Skinroom curators Eliza Webster and Geoff Clarke. The show was created to expose young artists Chris Davis (Wintec Media Arts Graduate) and Adam Edwards (current Media Arts student) alongside a mid-career artist that works within a similar theme.
Binding has implicated himself in “humorous and ironic exploration of our New Zealand pasts.” Binding says that if this is a “ship of fools, I’m on it too” and true to his work, all of his works are infused with a Goyaesque tragicomic irony. Davis' works alongside Binding’s describe beautiful grotesque kinetic figures in broken focus that examine the torment of the human condition, while Adam Edwards brings this torment to harsh and unexpected humorous reality in bold black and white prints. All works are for sale.
For more information on the show, and about Skinroom, visit skinroom.portfoliobox.net, facebook.com/skinroomgallery or contact Eliza at firstname.lastname@example.org.