Adsett’s art a Hong Kong hit

Artist compelled to paint lessons of history.

Artist compelled to paint lessons of history.

A BOUT of ill health did not stop gallery owner Matt Nache from launching a former Gisborne artist into the heart of the international art scene.

PaulNache was the only New Zealand gallery to show at last month’s Art Central Hong Kong contemporary art fair and Nache focused on just one artist — Australia-based Gisborne painter Peter Adsett.

They showed Paintings Back, a site-specific installation in which Adsett presented viewers with “a playful meditation on the complicity between abstract painting and architecture”.

More than 32,000 visitors stopped in to see the around 100 exhibiting galleries, most of which came from Asian regions.

On at the same time in Hong Kong, the mega-event Art Basel (70,000 visitors) attracts the big money — Leonardo DiCaprio was in town, Paris Hilton, Lewis Hamilton — but the smaller Art Central hoovered up a lot of the attention.

And by all accounts the Gisborne entry was a hit.

Writing for the Australian Financial Review, columnist Joe Aston reports how refreshing he found Art Central after the frenzy of the Basel quarter and “Peter Adsett at PaulNache is a stand-out”.

And style bible Wallpaper magazine agreed.

“Some of the most innovative cultural offerings were to be found outside the main (Basel) fair (and) we were particularly taken with New Zealand gallery PaulNache’s architectural installation Wall Hang,” Wallpaper’s critic wrote.

For his part, Nache says that while his show of Adsett’s work earned lots of attention and good sales (including a record price for the artist’s work), he’s taking a long view of its success.

“The long-term strategy is to keep going and establish a foothold in Hong Kong,” he says, “because the next 20 years will see the city develop as the international art centre of the world.”

A BOUT of ill health did not stop gallery owner Matt Nache from launching a former Gisborne artist into the heart of the international art scene.

PaulNache was the only New Zealand gallery to show at last month’s Art Central Hong Kong contemporary art fair and Nache focused on just one artist — Australia-based Gisborne painter Peter Adsett.

They showed Paintings Back, a site-specific installation in which Adsett presented viewers with “a playful meditation on the complicity between abstract painting and architecture”.

More than 32,000 visitors stopped in to see the around 100 exhibiting galleries, most of which came from Asian regions.

On at the same time in Hong Kong, the mega-event Art Basel (70,000 visitors) attracts the big money — Leonardo DiCaprio was in town, Paris Hilton, Lewis Hamilton — but the smaller Art Central hoovered up a lot of the attention.

And by all accounts the Gisborne entry was a hit.

Writing for the Australian Financial Review, columnist Joe Aston reports how refreshing he found Art Central after the frenzy of the Basel quarter and “Peter Adsett at PaulNache is a stand-out”.

And style bible Wallpaper magazine agreed.

“Some of the most innovative cultural offerings were to be found outside the main (Basel) fair (and) we were particularly taken with New Zealand gallery PaulNache’s architectural installation Wall Hang,” Wallpaper’s critic wrote.

For his part, Nache says that while his show of Adsett’s work earned lots of attention and good sales (including a record price for the artist’s work), he’s taking a long view of its success.

“The long-term strategy is to keep going and establish a foothold in Hong Kong,” he says, “because the next 20 years will see the city develop as the international art centre of the world.”

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