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

Since 1980, Fieldhouse has continued to develop his visual arts career. He was a working member of a Gisborne printmaker's group, and a founder of the Flying Moa Arts Co-operative and Gallery. Alongside, Fieldhouse worked as Community Arts Advocate for the Gisborne Tairawhiti region. After numerous group exhibitions, Fieldhouse exhibited solo in OREXART's inaugural show in 1990.

Fieldhouse studied at Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts under 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. In the Te Toi Hou, Maori arts department, he studied under Selwyn Muru, Kura Te Rewari and Brett Graham.

Fieldhouse took up postgraduate studies at Auckland University of Technology's School of Art and Design where he graduated with an MA (Hons). He then worked in academic leadership and lecturer roles with the school.

Fieldhouse has continued to develop his arts practice and exhibited in group and solo shows both locally and internationally. His 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. He prefers to leave space for the viewer to construct their own narrative.

CV

in you the earth

8 - 29 September 2018

Fieldhouse says that to make a landscape painting in the 21st century seems to be an almost quaint and useless endeavor. Yet, at a time when our environments are increasingly threatened, making space to revisit the genre seemed worthwhile.

New Works: Islands

7 - 22 December 2017

We welcome Wes Fieldhouse back to OREXART and are happy to present his latest 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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Broken Bush 1 (2018) oil & acrylic on canvas 500 x 500mm

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Broken River (2018) oil on canvas 1015 x 1520mm

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Broken Bush (Grisaille – Green) (2018) oil on canvas 760 x 760mm

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Study II (2018) oil on board 320 x 390mm

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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