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Wes Fieldhouse (born 1957) immigrated with his family in 1973 to New Zealand. Fieldhouse lived and worked around the country throughout his lifetime before settling in Northland with his partner where he lives and works from his studio on 10 acres of native bush property, overlooking the Whangarei Harbour.

Since the 1980s Fieldhouse has continued to develop his career in visual arts. He was a working member of a Gisborne printmaker's group, and was involved as a founding and exhibiting member of the Flying Moa Arts Co-operative and Gallery. Alongside this, having taken time out from a broadcasting career, Fieldhouse worked as Community Arts Advocate for the Gisborne Tairawhiti region. After a number of group and solo exhibitions, in 1990 Fieldhouse was invited to exhibit solo in OREXART's inaugural show.

In 1993, he was accepted to Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts where he studied under the guidance of some of New Zealand's most well regarded practitioners; Dick Frizzell, Ronnie Van Hout, Fiona Pardington, Lisa Reihana, Carole Shepheard and the late Don Binney. His interests extended beyond painting and after his second year at Elam he transferred to the Maori arts department of Te Toi Hou where he studied under Selwyn Muru, Kura Te Rewari and Brett Graham.

Fieldhouse took up postgraduate studies at Auckland University of Technology's (AUT) School of Art and Design where he graduated with an MA (Honours). He was invited to take up academic leadership and lecturer roles with AUT School of Art and Design.

Fieldhouse continued to develop his own arts practice and exhibited in group shows and several solo shows in Auckland, Wellington and internationally. However, Fieldhouse's AUT workload ultimately dominated his own art practice and in 2003 he withdrew from formally exhibiting his work.

Since resigning from university work in 2007, Fieldhouse has travelled and pursued a number of projects. While recovering from a serious motorcycle accident, in 2015, Fieldhouse reflected on his art practice and most recently he has re-engaged in making work for a new exhibition at OREXART.

Fieldhouse's philosophy is that any work, whatever the medium or genre must always be grounded in a critical engagement with both and that it is necessary to contextualise work. He believes that work must be critically engaged with its subject. His recent return to landscape painting, after a long period exploring the abstract and provisional, is an engagement with various concerns he has for local and global environments and particularly, their exploitation - as much as it is with the medium and genre themselves. Making his concerns immediately obvious is not the aim. He prefers to leave space for the viewer to construct their own narrative because he is acutely aware of the infinite readings possible of any image.

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New Works

7 - 22 December 2017

We welcome Wes Fieldhouse back to OREXART and are happy to present his new body of works.

Wes Fieldhouse, Pewhairangi: Te Puna (2017) oil on canvas, 500 x 400mm

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Wes Fieldhouse, Pewhairangi: Te Puna II (2017) oil on canvas, 760 x 760mm

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Wes Fieldhouse, Pewhairangi: Te Puna study II (2017) oil on canvas, 760 x 1020mm

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Wes Fieldhouse, Pewhairangi: Te Puna study I (2017) oil on canvas, 810 x 1000mm

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Wes Fieldhouse, Pewhairangi (2017) oil on canvas, 1230 x 1520mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

AVAILABLE

Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

AVAILABLE