Full time New Zealand artist, Larisse Hall, abstracts the push / pull effect of human relations. Using her own symbolism as language, Larisse manipulates spatial elements with her individually shaped and stretched canvas forms, searching out the existence and precariousness of non-balance to explore the essence and complexities of harmony within relationship. 'My work is constantly seeking to unite and balance yin and yang, exploring the premise that both are needed for relationship to maintain equilibrium'.
Evocative of societies cultural rhythms, Larisse abstracts the language of relationship; embodying us gregariously as a society whilst also exploring the more intimate states of innocent child friendship and personal connections. Although deceptively simple, there is a restlessness and subtle tension within her work that draws and holds the viewer. The application of paint itself further extends the idea of anthropomorphic resonance in its subtle almost brushed out gesture - brushed on layer by layer, the mark of the hand always evident, but so unobtrusive that it is subsumed into the viewer's consciousness. This is the essence of her work. Working the painted mark against the voluptuous sensuality of the shaped form she brings the canvas to life in her search for balance and harmony.
Larisse is confidently extending her process to include sculpture... exciting times indeed.
Full time, contemporary New Zealand artist, Larisse Hall works from her courtyard studio in Nelson (New Zealand). Born 1970 and originally from Manurewa, South Auckland, Larisse ceased her 18 year career in fashion, as a designer / pattern drafter, in 2008. Larisse exhibits nationally, and has works in private collections worldwide. Influences include artists Max Gimblett, Gretchen Albrecht, Stephen Banbury and Mervyn Williams to name but a few
The importance of bringing 'life' to the canvas 'was the birth of my children. My oldest, 7 weeks premature, had under developed lungs and my youngest was born without oxygen. Fortunately, resolved, these 'moments' and the resulting ability to have relationships have produced an awareness and appreciation of relationship in general...'
GALLERY OF WORKS - Buyer enquiry range $450 - $7000
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EXHIBITIONS / WORK AVAILABLE FROM:
Selected works and prints available for sale
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Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award 2015
23rd January - 22nd March 2015
Te koputu a te whanga a Toi, Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre, Whakatane.
Selected as one of the 69 from 224 to exhibit.
Soeur Design, Merivale CHCH and Martinborough North Island
Up The Garden Path, 473 High Street, Motueka, Tasman