Annie Smits Sandano, til 10Apr, New Plymouth

Any of you in New Plymouth area may want to go check out this exhibition
by Annie Smits Sandano, on now at Kina.

"Annie Sandano’s most recent exhibition, Flying through Clouds
is a whimsical and delightful celebration of contemporary printmaking practice in New Zealand. 
 The elaborate techniques of hand carving and printing continue to be a key factor within all of her works.

In this new collection, the fusion of folk art with New Zealand motifs 
directs the main characteristics of the collection. 
Bold floral and geometric silhouettes, which take their inspiration from a fusion of decorative arts, 
sit alongside New Zealand Tuis and Fantails in bright, fresh and colourful landscapes.

Annie Smits Sandano, Cinnamon Flower
Woodcut, 35x50cm

With a sharp eye for colour, compositions are assembled from combinations of warmer hues 
like chocolate browns, mocha, tangerine and persimmon orange in works like “Cinnamon Flower”. 
In other works like “Pacific Wind”, a crisp palette is established 
with the juxtaposition of ocean-side colours like aqua, lemon yellow, pastel blue and grey.

Annie Smits Sandano, Pacific Wind
Woodcut, 35x50cm

All works are made completely by hand from start to finish. 
Colours are all hand mixed, wooden blocks hand carved 
and works are individually printed by hand on a manual press. 
Annie Prizes the technical heritage of traditional printmaking 
and is a strong advocate of maintaining these processes alive without digital intervention."

Flying Through Clouds runs until 10th April 2013.

For those in other parts of the country,
you can check out all the new works on Annie's website:

Also, if you live in Auckland, Annie is teaching a woodblock workshop
on 27-28 April at Artsight in Eden Terrace.
For more info, see