Michael Shepherd: The Land of Cockayne - Art Collector

Michael Shepherd, The Land of Leonard Cockayne (after Breughel), 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland

Painting has always been a compulsive activity for Michael Shepherd. This new series of work is meticulously rendered in the 17th century technique of the Dutch masters with numerous layers of paint and a recessive picture plane. The works, both visually and conceptually compelling, have a cryptic significance beyond that which is visible. Shepherd's evocative and hauntingly beautiful paintings have a latent sadness. They deal obliquely with our on going depredation of the land that cannot be ignored by anyone who cares about people, progress and the planet.

Exhibition opens: 6pm Thursday 25 September 2014
Exhibition closes: 25 October 2014
Location: Two Rooms Gallery, 16 Putiki Street, Newton, Auckland NZ 1145
Contact: +64 9360 5900
Email: info@tworooms.co.nz

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