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Jennings RaymondAddress: 212B Newells Rd Tamahere, Waikato 3283
Phone: +64 21 1361891
THE SIMPLICITY AND COMPLEXITY, SIGNIFICANCE AND MAGNIFICENCE OF OUR MIND AND SOUL IN CELEBRATION – ALIVE AS OUR GREAT CREATIVE ADVENTURE.
Born in New Zealand in December 1952, Raymond Jennings began painting and exhibiting at the age of twelve. Two years later his work featured in a nationwide Society of Arts touring exhibition. Raymond also painted a 20m mural inside Kamo High School library, Whangarei.
He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University graduating in 1975.
Raymond’s lively career has seen him exhibit in numerous solo and group shows throughout New Zealand, in the USA and Singapore. He has produced large-scale commissions for business, private and corporate clients, for the Peninsula/Excelsior Hotel in central Singapore, and also monumental stage sets for the New Zealand Wearable Arts Shows.
Raymond is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in painting, but also in sculpture extending into architectural design; with a new development being the creation of children’s picture story books.
His work carries a positive dynamic energy . . . with expert colour combinations, light and dark contrast, a strong sense of form and movement, together with an expansive multi-dimensional spatial understanding; generated by an inspiration that is both worldly and universal.
A theatrical childhood, with both parents acting and producing plays, my father also being an eccentric physics teacher, and a family friend being a prominent architect, all, introduced me to creative expression.
Then, being introduced to oil painting on canvas at age twelve, with exhibitions and sales of work soon after confirmed my direction as an artist.
Throughout my life a great variety of adventures including long distance cycling tours and mountain hiking, and places lived in, have developed and maintained my expansive and positive imagination and energy.
Challenging projects offered to me, and consistently strong responses from galleries have all supported me in my creative endeavour."