Strangely Familiar: Portraits by Wayne Youle

Location: 

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Start date: 

6 April 2017

End date: 

18 June 2017

Hours of admission: 

10.30 - 4.30

Cost of admission: 

Free

Cradled in an upturned rainbow, 2014, Wayne Youle. Oil on canvas. Private collection.
Cradled in an upturned rainbow, 2014, Wayne Youle. Oil on canvas. Private collection.

Wayne Youle’s bold, compelling portraits of New Zealand art-world personalities include musicians, poets, writers and visual artists including Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, Margaret Mahy and Len Lye. The vibrant, multi-coloured portraits with their abstract shapes and monochrome backgrounds are deceptively simple – yet remarkably alive.

Like many artists of his generation, Youle looks to Pop Art for inspiration with bright saturated colours, hard-edged style and appropriated imagery. He takes the portrait and reinvents it, demonstrating how portraiture can assert itself as a viable and relevant art form today.

Come take a ‘portrait tour of the arts’ through the 34 paintings of New Zealand’s best known figures in the creative arts.

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Wayne Youle was born in Porirua in 1974 and is of Ngapuhi, Ngati Whakaeke and European descent. He was the recipient of the 2010 Rita Angus Residency and the SCAPE Artspace artist-in-residence, Sydney. He now lives and works in Amberley, north of Christchurch. He is represented by {Suite}, Wellington.