Laurence Aberhart

Northland: Gone and Going

Until Sunday 5 July

With Special guest artists Daniel Unverricht & Graham Ambrose

LAURENCE ABERHART has been at the forefront of photography in New Zealand since the late 70’s. His first comprehensive exhibition of Northland photographs from the 1980s is now open, thanks to all those who joined us on opening night, it was a special evening. .

In an interview with Claire Crawford in Art New Zealand some years ago, Crawford writes that according to Laurence Aberhart , photography is the best positioned of all the arts to tell New Zealand’s story in a way its people would take to heart. But as a person many have described as this country’s eminent photographic story-teller, Aberhart believes it is a great tragedy that his medium is so poorly served here.

In 2010 the photographer packed up his more than 100year old camera for a trip to Scott Base on an Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellowship. The previous year saw him being selected as a Fullbright New Zealand Senior Scholar-he previously received a Fullbright Grant in 1988 to take photographs throughout the southern states of the United States. When he went back to the USA in 2009 Aberhart found the once-booming country had, post-credit crunch, become despondant and desperate. This is a theme that he has been drawn to time and again-the transitional. As he says, he seeks out the parts of our social landscape that were something once, but which are not that anymore. For someone whose subject matter is concerned with change, his medium too seems to be under threat of becoming a thing of the past.

Here are some of the 60+ photographs now showing in this northland exhibition:


Daniel was born in Hastings in 1975. Since completing his Masters of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Art, Daniel has exhibited widely and regularly throughout New Zealand. His work is in many collections including : Wallace Arts Trust Collection and the Hawke’s Bay Museum. Daniel is currently working on a body of work for HCAG ( Hastings city art gallery ). He currently lives in Wellington.

I’ve painted many dark un-peopled streetscapes, set in encroaching darkness, [My work is] about urban anxiety; that sense of walking around a town at night when you can’t see anyone but you know violence could be around the next corner….”

The relationship between light and dark is interesting: the idea that shadows can physically consume space and objects, that artificial light (from streetlights) can give a false sense of security. Lit up cities have pseudo safety. I want my work to capture that with areas of inescapability and multiple-choice exits. You can’t escape the ambiguity of shadow.”  Daniel Unverricht, Artist Statement.


Before turning his talents to pottery, Graham had won numerous awards for his furniture designs. But when the opportunity arose to swap mediums, he was more than ready to change. “As much as I enjoyed working with wood, I always cherished a passion for clay.”

Strongly influenced by the modernist movement, his primary interest is in creating minimalist forms. He is particularly known for his mastery of a bold red glaze that complements these unadorned shapes.

His determination to produce aesthetically satisfying pots drives his ambition to control the ceramic process. However Graham has learned that, unlike wood, clay takes on an impetuous life of its own. A master potter once warned him that after taking meticulous notes and maintaining the most stringent precautionary regime, all his pots would be transformed by the whim of the fire gods. To his joy and sometimes his dismay, Graham has found this to be an absolute truth.

Graham supplies his work to a select group of galleries within New Zealand and Internationally. His works are increasingly being found in private collections in New York, London, Hong Kong, Sweden and Australia. Naturally, thanks to the vagaries of the fire gods, each piece will always be unique.

Graham also teaches at the Auckland Studio Potters Centre to Diploma level.

Graham’s Sunglaze and Wanaka glazes need to be seen up close.

Exhibition runs until Sunday July 5th.

Winter hours commence after July 5th. Open Tuesday — Friday 9 — 5pm, Sunday 9-12pm.

Closed Monday & Saturday.

Next Exhibition: ” Days at Sea” by Dean Wright, digital  marine photography, opening preview 4 — 6pm Friday 10 July, all welcome.

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View our video of the ANZAC exhibition , which has now ended. Some remaining works are still exhibited including Scott McFarlane’s gorgeous installation.

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Call 021 1634478 to view by appointment outside gallery  hours.

For framing consultations, SHARP FRAMES is open Tuesday — Friday 9am — 5pm.


Our fundraiser last year was “WE CARE” . Some artwork from this exhibition is still in stock, so we continue to raise money for the desparate children of Gaza, as the works sell.

The total amount raised so far is just over $12 780 !  $12 480 has been passed on to Kia Ora Gaza, to help with medical supplies for Gaza. THANK YOU everyone for your generosity, it was an AMAZING effort, let’s hope we bring just a little relief to some of these desparate children’s lives. Some $300 went to Save The Children.

A view of the opening night, thank you Sophi for the video.


In the reception area there is a wide selection of  art by  Laurence Aberhart , Richard Adamas, Ludek Adamek, Rob Anderson,Minhal Al Halabi, Lee Brogan, Herb Foley, Scott McFarlane, Rachel Miller, Fran Leitch, John Papas, Bill Snider, Kathy Shaw Urlich , Sally Bristow, MTK , Sue Foster , Rich Hewson, Dulcie Draper, Marlene Robert, Marie Powell, Chris Wilkie and others. Works on paper, prints & reproductions are available to see in the framing reception, we have a huge variety of art in the stockroom so feel free to ask to see more, if you can’t see what you want on display.