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Pavelka, Adrienne

Address: 1 Crossland Terrace, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 328 9598

Adrienne Pavelka is one of New Zealand’s favourite and most sought after watercolour artists and many will be familiar with her painting “Mackenzie Country” as featured on the cover of one of our most popular art books, “New Zealand in Watercolour”.

Adrienne's inspiration and compulsion to paint in watercolour is charged by the effect of light on the landscape and the atmospheric patterns of the sky. Using colourful flowing washes and transparent colours, she endeavours to simplify the forms and shapes of the land to create enthralling paintings. She has a unique ability to eliminate the detail then simplify and emphasise the effects of the sky's rhythms and light on land or reflected water. Her inspiration is often just a simple sliver of light on the edge of a shadow or a cloud, or a glowing colour on the horizon. She uses big brushes and gallons of pure colour to achieve clean fresh paintings that are a joy to view.

Christopher Moore, arts editor of the Christchurch Press, described an exhibition of Adrienne’s work: "A sumptuous exhibition of watercolours by one of Canterbury’s outstanding watercolourists. Each work distils the essence of the landscape into a glorious passage of colours and forms which sing from the paper’s surface. Watercolours either work or fail – in Pavelka’s hands, they triumph."

Adrienne Pavelka works on location at every opportunity and her inspiration is often just a simple sliver of light on the edge of a shadow or a cloud, or a gleaming colour on the horizon. Her current style is to eliminate detail and simplify in order to emphasize the effects of the sky’s rhythms and light on land or reflected in water.

Through tutoring Adrienne has met a number of ladies from high country stations and been invited to stay on their properties. These wonderful women have opened their homes to artists to go and paint in places normally inaccessible to the general public.

Read interview with Adrienne Pavelka

Visit Canterbury's Lyttelton Art Trail

"Ahuriri River Terraces", winner of Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award.

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