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JAN RASMUSSEN .
Biography: Originating from the South Island's West Coast, Jan Rasmussen has lived in many of New Zealand's regions and now resides in Christchurch. Establishing herself as a landscape artist she now paints in a wider subject range and media. Spanning the last 45 years, her originals have been sold extensively to collectors both in New Zealand and abroad. My birth place was the Westcoast of the South Island, renown for its beautiful forests Lakes & Glaciers. Painting Scenery was my first love followed by a wider range of subject material, such as still life, street and activity and cafe scenes. Now I publish a range of cards and prints of my landscape, still life and cultural work. Over the years I have lived in many areas of New Zealand including Bay of plenty, Canterbury and Wanaka. Most of my latest work has been in oil or acrylic. The colour and light I use show to advantage the clear atmosphere of this small country down under and little cousin to Australia. Living in Otago allowed me the opportunity to experience the majestic scenery of Fiordland, with its Mountains Lakes and Bushland. During this time I received a tremendous amount of exposure to the New Zealand landscape which has to be some of the most inspirational scenery in the world. I've also been involved with many tourist ventures, such as building restoration, earth construction and treatment of buildings which led to an interest in sod cottages, stone and timber construction, therefore painting buildings became another creation. From my private studio I also run art classes and weekend schools for a restricted number of students. I travelled to Italy, four years ago, for the first time. This year, to the Greek Islands, Southern and Northern Italy and Provence in France. Autumn in Central Otago and its vineyards is a never ending source of inspiration. I love my work and have always regarded my buyers as friends sharing with me the love of the New Zealand landscape.
Jan and her Husband now live in Clyde in their newest venture; building a home, studio and gallery.
Esther is a Wanaka based artist with a passion for the outdoors. Her stylised acrylic landscapes are inspired by the serenity and vastness of the south island wilderness.
Esther has had many successful exhibitions throughout NZ. Her work hangs in various galleries & in private collections in Europe, US, Asia & Australia.
Ron has had a lifetime exposure to art as both his late father Tom was an artist, and his brother Clark is also a practicing artist.
They would jointly refer to their involvement in art activities as “The family Firm.”
Ron was drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil, and was soon in demand at school to do posters and stage sets for school productions. He applied his artistic and design ability to marketing his own electronics firm and later as a marketing consultant and Marketing Manager.
Ron continued to paint recreationally, attending evening classes at Otago Polytechnic Art School prior to embarking in 1995 on a serious effort to develop his painting.
Ron now has a studio in central Dunedin where he paints in acrylics and oils, and he has also continued to develop his watercolour painting, particularly landscapes. Ron has also pioneered “Braille Art” using multi media, which is work that is accessible to both sighted and visually impaired observers.
Ron is an Artist member and Council member of The Otago Art Society, and he served as a member of the Council of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society.
Ron exhibits regularly in Dunedin, has exhibited in Otaru, Dunedin’s sister city in Japan, and is also represented in the Dunedin City Council art collection and the prestigious Forrester Gallery in Oamaru.
“Draw a line a day”
Ron follows his father’s advice to “draw a line a day”. He also practiced his minimalist technique as a regular contributing cartoonist to The Otago Daily Times, portraying the cartoon character “Albert Ross,” the albatross with comments on local and National issues and events.
In his earlier works, Clark Esplin focused on developing his skills in water-colour, enjoying the challenge of producing a fresh single statement, using the white paper “en reserve” to great effect. Many of these earlier subjects were of yachts, harbours, seascapes, houses on hills, and landscapes in our country.
His later work reveals a strong personal response in both water-colour and acrylic to the people and places he has encountered in his travels – sheltered harbours in the Mediterranean, people talking, queueing, in theatre foyers, or going about their business in the towns and markets of France, Turkey, Japan, China, Latin America. His love for Italy has seen many compositions featuring its quiet hill towns.
While travelling, his ever-present sketchbook becomes filled with quick drawings of these subjects, often completed in the unstable environment of a tour bus or car, and these become his inspiration for paintings and sometimes Indian ink drawings on his return home.
Clark is the son of Tom Esplin and was born in St Andrews, Scotland in 1941. In 1954 the Esplin family came to New Zealand. Clark was educated at John McGlashan College, Dunedin Teacher's College and the University of Otago.
He has been a professional artist since 1970, and has painted full-time since 1995. He has travelled to 26 countries, using his sketchbooks to record people and places that appeal to him - a visual diary of his travels. His original works produced directly from his travels reflect his enthusiasm for Europe, his love of the sea, and his fascination for different peoples and cultures.
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