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Hundertwasser - brilliance

Hopefully you have heard of the fascinating Artist & Architect - Friedrich Hundertwasser. Many of you will know of him because of his high profile in Keri Keri, New Zealand. His art is totally different. How a brain can go every which way but one has always been asked of artists like Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. There is also Gaudi, who is an absolute enigma and his building designs and his presence in Barcelona is and must be one of today’s wonders of the world. If you aren’t awar...

October 2, 2019

Brittany Dogs, Garden Festivals and Art Exhibitions

It is nearly at the close of July and I am in Wellington for my youngest daughters birthday. Today I have a day to myself while my family members are at work and I have as company two Brittany dogs.  Really - they are little people...not dogs of course, just humans in dog costumes, white and orange.  Anyone who knows me well, will know that I had one of these Brittanys for 15 years and it was devastating when I found her her in my studio one morning and she had died in her sleep. These...

July 30, 2019

Frances Hodgkins

If you have a passion for art you will know about Frances. I put her in the same category as Katherine Mansfield. These New Zealand women are two of my most admired people. Individuals, probably really stroppy, prepared to be individuals and making their mark in New Zealand history. There is a Frances Hodgkins exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery at present. It is called European Journeys. Frances was born in Dunedin in 1869 and died in 1947…when I was six …and I didn’t even kn...

July 9, 2019

Rita Angus

The next woman artist that I admire and who has influenced my work is Rita Angus. Rita Angus, google her, but you probably know who I am talking about. Rita was born in 1908 and was a contemporary of Toss Wollaston and Colin McCahon.Rita was a very confident artist who always thought that her paintings would one day be appreciated. At the time that she was painting and exhibiting in the early 1930's there was little support in New Zealand for artists and she could never have earned a living from...

July 9, 2019

Frida Kahlo - an inspiration

There are three women artists who I admire immensely - Frida Kahlo, Frances Hodgkins and Rita Angus. They are all so interesting, so I've written a blog on each one. Many of you may know of Frida Kahlo.  She is a dramatic and very charismatic woman from Mexico.  Her life was a dramatic piece of art in itself.  Today (as I write this) is the 75th anniversary of Frida's first  solo exhibition in New York.  This exhibition really introduced her extraordinary talent to ...

July 9, 2019

Getting the Garden ready for 'Art in the Garden'

We have been busy preparing the garden here for the Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival on Sunday November 24th. The garden is being pulled into shape with the very able help of Robyn at Garden Control. I am thinking about what the theme will be for my exhibition for the day.  It won't only be my garden that will be on show, but a range of my paintings (that will also be available to buy). These are two photos that I took a while ago ...but this year...of two people who asked me to paint their...

June 13, 2019

German Expressionism

I have a penchant for the work of the German Expressionists and they have influenced my style. Expressionism is a style of painting, music or drama in which the artist or writer seeks to express the inner world of emotion rather than external reality. It has been said that the German Expressionists were uneasy and angry, railing against Christian and bourgeois values as much as rampant urban industrialisation. Expressionism originated in Germany as an avant-garde style before the First World War...

June 13, 2019

A challenging commission and new paintings

I've had a very interesting time in the last few weeks. A challenging private commission I was asked to do an exceptionally interesting commission to do for a client in the South Island.  The client was introduced to me by Wayne Good (of Arkanda Living & Interiors).  I met her briefly when she was in Cambridge meeting with Wayne to organise the decoration of her new home in Christchurch. She was a very vibrant, attractive woman who wanted a painting of her five sisters, and her husband...

May 30, 2019

Two new works (a Black & White and a special commission)

At the Cambridge Autumn Festival Exhibition in March, all the black and white paintings sold. I think this is because many people have a minimalistic theme throughout their home and this particular black and white form appears to fit in with their colour scheme. I have done this small one which features a jazz band and which looks great in this form. The other one utilises all the colour which i absolutely love.  All my favourite artists Matisse, the German Expressionists, use  strong ...

April 18, 2019

My studio is open by appointment

The weekend of March 23rd and 24th gave us wonderful weather and a great weekend in Cambridge, at the open studios of the Cambridge Autumn Festival.  There were over 20 artists displaying their creations, and we had a terrific time at 19 Queen Street.We had a constant stream of visitors who viewed my large and small paintings, had a chat, shared ideas and discussed my inspirations for my art creations.The photo on this blog post is a painting in its new home - a happy painting, with happy o...

March 24, 2019

Come and talk with me and see my new works and learn more about my inspirations

Come to see me at 19 Queen St, Cambridge on 23 and 24 March.My home studio will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.I will be in my studio to talk to you about my experiences and influences on my painting. Chat with me,  look through a book I have of my paintings and share the environment that I create my work in.Recently I was commissioned to create a black and white (and a little bit of red) painting.  It was a bit of challenge for me - but it came out brilliantly and I have now created some ...

March 20, 2019

New Year, New Work

I'm looking forward to March 23 and 24 when the Cambridge Autumn Festival is held. I believe 21 arts orientated people will open their home or studio for viewing during the festival and I must put in a word here -  because my home/studio is open all week for you to view the paintings I have at home. I suggest that you phone me on 07 827 5727 before you come. I had a few commissions to do before Christmas and really enjoyed them. One went off to Australia. The placemats and coasters sol...

February 2, 2019

From easel to Table

By Viv Posselt - Cambridge NewsOne of Cambridge's best-known artists, Carole Hughes, is now making her bold, colourful work available on placemats and coasters.The sets are smaller versions of her often very large paintings, many of which hang in galleries, homes and corporate premises throughout New Zealand and further afield,The long-time artist has made a name for herself over the past two and a half decades with a fauve art style of painting, using strong colour and bold strokes to bring to ...

November 9, 2018

About Carole - and getting my start in painting

 Although I started my working life as a school teacher, passion has always been art and creative ventures.  As a teacher, I would always paint on the huge windows in my classroom. Instead of handing out stars to children when they did work, I would draw a picture at the foot of each assignment they completed.  I didn’t really consider this to be art, I considered it to be ‘mucking around.’My more formal exposure to the arts and creative world was a Spinning and Weaving cour...

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