Its all about Colour
July 21 – August 26 2018
Opening Saturday July 21, 6pm, all welcome.
Kay George, Exhibiting Artist
Ben Bergman, Director, Bergman Gallery
Kay George is a textile artist and painter born in Rotorua, New Zealand . For the last thirty years Kay has been based in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, regulalry showing her work in local and international exhibitions.
Kay and her late husband (Cook Island artist and educator) Ian George, built their gallery The Art Studio in the village Arorangi in 2006 from where Kay sold her vibrant textiles and paintings. Each year Kay organised exhibitions for local artists , as well as artists from around the Pacific region and Oceania, including New Zealand and Australia, as well as a programme of Pacific artist residencies and exchanges.
Kay George has exhibited widely throughout the Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia and has also exhibited in group shows in New York and elswhere in the United States.
As well as exhibiting, Kay has been instrumental in setting up local art groups and conducting workshops in the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia. Her works have featured in many publications and also form part of the curriculum study for the New Zealand Education Department .
Examples of George’s work are also held in the New Zealand Design Archives in Auckland, and in private and public collections and her works feature in a number of resorts in the Cook Islands. George has created art work for large scale commissions, including a series of textile works, and paintings for the University of South Pacific Rarotonga campus, in Avarua, Cook Islands.
The paintings, textile works and art – fashion of Kay George are easily recognized by their bold, use of colours and very distinctive layering, and overlaying- of image, pattern, print, handwork and design as well as their use of sustainable production processes. In 2008 she was awarded a Cook Islands scholarship to do a Master of Art & Design degree with A.U.T which she completed in 2010. The final Masters exhibition featured two metre digital print images of people from within her village and extended family members. Realising how important the recorded photographic snapshots were Kay started incorporating them in her silk screen printed fabrics and paintings. Kay feels that living on a small island with wonderful natural beauty and a strong extended family like community, has been pivotal in the development of her artisitic style.
Recently Kay has extended her gallery to include a café which can act as a hub for visual arts in the Cook Islands, whilse also enabling her to spend more time producing new works and commissions. In 2018 the artist will have a solo show at Bergman Gallery in Rarotonga celebrating thirty years since arriving in the Cook Islands.