In Hot Pursuit of a Tale

Following whiffs of nostalgia to rediscover what she was instinctually drawn to in childhood, Any

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Following whiffs of nostalgia to rediscover what she was instinctually drawn to in childhood, Anya Whitlock’s first solo painting show sees her delve into childhood fairy tales, using hindsight and research to understand the various stages and psychological traps that a woman can become damaged and broken by.

Following whiffs of nostalgia to rediscover what she was instinctually drawn to in childhood, Anya Whitlock’s first solo painting show sees her delve into childhood fairy tales, using hindsight and research to understand the various stages and psychological traps that a woman can become damaged and broken by.

“Fairytales are often cautionary tales and it is possible if attentive to avoid many booby traps and also deeply heal present hurts,” she explains.

Raised on the mean streets of Manurewa, Whitlock later studied Art Direction for Film under Tracey Collins at Elam. Her work in the film industry has seen her work across feature films, music videos and set dressing, set design and props for theatre, short films and advertising. Her company Arnoldini Ltd functions as an umbrella for various ventures – her Skateboard bag and fanzine gaining cult commercial success.

Her obsession with adventure and new sensations has taken her around the world, and given her tales to tell – from being shot at and tear gassed by the Israeli Army in a demonstration against the barrier wall in The West Bank, to being stoned by kids in Egypt. She’s been followed, chased, scammed by Cambodian mafia, threatened, harassed and stood on the street in the middle of the night with nowhere to sleep in strange cities… and that’s just the good stuff.

Since returning to New Zealand in early 2009, Whitlock has committed to painting full time, portraiture a resonant and haunting practice for her. She works from a leafy studio north of Auckland, where she creates her arresting large-scale paintings; their Utopian and seductive depiction of the female form underlined by something darker and slightly sinister.

In Hot Pursuit of a Tale

The six works in the 'Hot Pursuit' Series will be on display at Pierre Peeters Gallery until the 3rd of October. The preview is on the 31st August 251 Parnell Rd and you are very welcome to attend.

Written by

Anya Whitlock

19 Aug 2010

Personal Description I've had a pretty eclectic history, but my greatest and lasting loves have been for film and for sculpture. If your interested in finding out more about me, I invite you to visit my website- www.arnoldini.com