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George Baloghy · Colonial Dreaming · Exhibition

17 Mar 2020 to 5 Apr 2020
17 March - 5 April 2020
Exhibition of new works by George Baloghy
Event type: 
ARTIS Gallery
280 Parnell Rd Parnell Auckland


Baloghy has created an alternative universe based around colonial life in New Zealand. It is an ideal and beautiful universe, both mocking and nostalgic.

Like all faded memories it narrates a wistfulness for a life that never really existed, overlaid with surrealist ideas and continuous bright sunny days. The central memories are Eurocentric,  a continuous  historic line  going back to the stone columns of Greek and Roman cultures thousands of years ago. Their appearance in the South Pacific as an outlier of Western Civilization appears odd, given that New Zealand is in the heart of Polynesia. The British Empire, long faded, has put its own distinctive stamp of religion and order on the new land. Churches and structures evolved elsewhere with scant regard for the original inhabitants. At the heart of it, this exhibition is a discussion about identity.

Written by

Jonathan Grant Galleries

10 Mar 2020

Jonathan Grant Gallery specialises in 19th and 20th Century English, Continental and Antipodean paintings and historical New Zealand watercolours.