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Winter hours Sat, Sun 11am - 4pm

Welcome to the Weekend Gallery, home to changing art by local and New Zealand Artists as well as creative workshops and events.  The Gallery space sits alongside our working studio in the Old Montana Wine site in Titirangi, nestled in the beautiful West Coast trees. The site is also home to glass artist Simon Lewis Wards ( by appointment ) .We are 5 minute  drive past the Titirangi Village,  the gallery is located right behind Olive Kitchen Cafe  with carparks galore - so a great place to stop in have a coffee. 

Titirangi Gallery Hop?

While at Titirangi Village, see our amazing public gallery Te Uru , and right next door Upstairs Gallery in Lodell House. Then dive down Scenic Drive to us here at Weekend Gallery 

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Missed "Coast" by Lynne Brown? see the exhibition online here 

EXTENDED!  MAY 07 - JUNE 18

MARIGOLDS AMONGST THE FERNS  - CHRISTOPHER ROCH  

From a small village in Wales, Christopher’s childhood was surrounded

by beautiful gardens. His Father was the gardener for a grand manor

house, and he recalls his Mother Iris constantly planting meadows of

wild-flowers around his home. A love of nature and plant life flourished

and continued to be a strong influence in Christopher’s life, career and

artwork.

Christopher studied Illustration at the University of the Arts London

(Camberwell) where he practised techniques in pen and ink,

watercolours, etching, silkscreen, and lithographic printmaking. He

then gained his M.A in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art,

and soon after collaborated with fashion designers and printmakers in

London. In 1994 he followed his dream to live in New York City, and

later Los Angeles and San Francisco. He worked as concept designer,

artist and illustrator for some of the world’s biggest fashion houses

such as Guess, Emanuel Ungaro, Liberty London, Loft, Limited Express,

among others. He later designed homeware for West Elm and Pottery

Barn.

Christopher found New York City itself exciting and a great reference

for imagery, but soon found international designer brands spared no

expense in the search for new ideas. He was regularly flown around

the world for ‘Inspiration Trips’ from the bustling streets of Hong Kong

or Shanghai, to grand palaces in India, spice markets in Marrakesh

and textile fairs in Paris as well as endless museums across Europe.

Fabrics, Fabergé eggs and antiques were among the many influences,

but none more so than the flowers and foliage he encountered

throughout his journeys. As a Design Director for Guess he frequently

travelled between L.A. and Florence to develop concepts and colour

palettes for new lines. Christopher made a discipline of carrying a

small sketch-book, pen and water-colours to capture painted memoirs,

many making their way into numerous patterns and designs.

 

Several years in San Francisco gave Christopher the chance to focus

solely on painting, where he was given an art studio and the title

of ‘Master Artist’ for luxury homewares company Williams- Sonoma.

Christopher married his New Zealand born partner and three years

ago made the decision to leave big city life and settle in West

Auckland. It wasn’t too hard to entice Christopher to make the leap.

“ I was really drawn by the drama of the magnificent landscapes and

the diversity and uniqueness of the flora and fauna in New Zealand. ”

 

In his exhibition “ Marigolds amongst the Ferns’, Christopher

has created large-scale paintings based on his impressionist

sketchbook style. These paintings are an observation of the

diverse plant life, tangled together in our own backyard. In his

own home garden, neighbouring the Waitakere Ranges, the rigid

rules of the British garden are forgotten. Native Nikau, Ponga,

Kauri trees stand behind and amongst ferns, random potted

plants, Camellia bushes, Rhubarb and Basil, dotted with vibrant

Marigold, Dahlias and Foxgloves.

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Some of Christopher's Sketchbooks from his travels...

“I’m fascinated with the layers of plants coming together, now interwoven but with their own story to tell. This is, I think, very much a reflection of this community with such diversity of culture and people. Like the garden, I can see the beauty in that.”

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