Last night I mixed with the Weta artistic elite at the opening of an exhibition at the Rona Gallery in Eastbourne. The exhibition is on for the next couple of weeks and the artworks/sculptures are for sale. (See more detailed information on earlier blog).
"White Cloud Worlds" - the books that feature much of the incredible artwork on display - can also be bought. Author Paul Tobin is a well-known film concept designer.
I particularly like the art of Sacha Lees who is just about New Zealand's foremost fantasy artist. On her website (www.sachalees.com), you must look at "Triple Self Portrait with Family (in the style of Norman Rockwell)"; it's in her "Biography" section. For those who are too young or can't remember, Rockwell's family-at-home-and-at-play paintings graced the covers of the American magazine the Saturday Evening Post for many years mid-20th century - his pictures were very much loved by people around the world.
At the exhibition, I was also impressed by the work of Gino Acevedo, senior prosthetics supervisor and visual creative effects art director for Weta.
Below: On left: well-known NZ artist Richard Ponder. Right: Gino Acevedo
below: author Paul Tobin