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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 5. 1967.

Artistic creativity

Artistic creativity

Leading this latter group are painters such as Vera Jamieson, Bonnie Quirk. Joan Fanning and Elva Bett, all of whose paintings show their artistic creativity and vitality. One need only look at paintings such as Vera Jamieson's Gold Sand (acrylic) with its simple yet strong line and form and its serene yet harsh golds, browns and black, or Bonnie Quirk's New Subdivision— Wellington (oil) with its deep greens impastoed in block forms, to appreciate this point. All (nebulous as it may sound) can only be described as having beautifully extracted the essence of nature transposing it into simple but powerful art forms.

There are several other works which should both appeal to and please the interested viewer. Elisabeth Harper's Indian Girl Dancing, with its thickly applied pale oils and cubist-like form and movement, displays good artistic control. Stewart Maclennan's Aghley Forest (oil) with its Paul Nash influence, Helen Stewart's Desert Road (Oil) and Collette Rand's Water And Land Forms (oil) are all worthy of mention. In the water colour section, Roy A. Steer displayed competence in his handling of Shadows Over Wheat Field.

The exhibition will be open for two more days and I urge those interested in art at all to view it, for only if this art is encouraged will the opportunity of New Zealand being "known" in international art circles arise.

M. J. R. Gaffikin.