Graham Braddock has been on the local art scene for nearly half a century. His 14 years in Dairy Flat as a professional artist specialising in NZ landscapes have been followed by 34 years in Wainui. Along the way, his heart to produce paintings that show something of God’s heart in today’s world has led him to diversify into still life, portraiture, and taken him to Israel.
Graham particularly enjoys creating “story” paintings that contain partially hidden words or imagery. This encourages the viewer to embark on a voyage of discovery where additional levels of meaning unfold only when the painting is looked at closely.
Created through Covid, Graham will be exhibiting Shielded
This painting grew out of the onset of covid and a resultant climate of fear. I kept thinking of the words of Jesus:
I give to them the gift of eternal life and they will never be lost and no one has the power to snatch them out of my hands. My Father, who has given them to me as his gift, is the mightiest of all, and no one has the power to snatch them from my Father’s care. John 10v28-29
Many images hide in this painting. Many of them are not nice, but I tried to keep them from becoming too scary.
Come along and meet Graham and the other exhibitors at the opening of the Christian Art Fest in the Lighthouse, 118 Commercial Road, on Friday 27th November 6-8pm.
If you are a Christian who would like to exhibit your work, which doesn’t have to have a religious content, then please bring it to the Lighthouse between 3 and 7pm on Wednesday 24th November with your exhibitor fee of $5 for one piece, $3 each for two or more. Exhibition will run 10-4 Saturday 27th, 1-4 Sunday 28th and an extra day, Monday 29th November 10-4. The Festival is part of the postponed 2-day ARTS in the VILLE 2021 which is now due to run on the 27th & 28th. For more information contact Pauline email@example.com