This evening I went to the exhibition opening of a sculptor friend of mine.
Nic works mostly in steel and loves to entertain and make people smile with his quirky figures and ships that look like they have sailed out of the pages of a children's book.
In the short four years since he arrived from Manchester (UK), he's worked hard and has made quite a name for himself, not just locally in Tauranga, but in other centres too.
Nic Clegg. 'Strangers in a Crowd'
At the excellent Red Spot Gallery in Rotorua, Nic Clegg's delightful quirky crowd of L.S Lowry-like people and his fantasy galleons made a good show, along with selected pieces of other art. My favourite was a figure with a sign*, seemingly to contradict (or perhaps support?) another figure - the orator - with his tract and his soapbox.
L.S Lowry. Market Scene, Northern Town. 1938.
Each of Nic's figures has a story, and all it takes is a little time gazing at each one, for you to 'hear' it.
There's some good art around at the moment.
* 'THE END OF THE WORLD IS NICE'.