Welcome to our latest – Q & A with Whanganui artist Adele DuBarry
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙄 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧? 𝙄𝙨 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝘿𝙉𝘼?
It is in everyone’s DNA – it is one of the first things we do as little humans – make a mark somewhere, often on the wall with crayon or lipstick much to parental annoyance.
I think I have always been creative, although did not study art through school. Not allowed to – had to do the clever things like maths and science. Even through my professional life, I always made things – with fabrics, embroidery, paper. I picked up some paints and brushes around ten years ago and took it more seriously five years ago. By that I mean I loved it so much I decided it was time to set up a dedicated studio and devote some proper time to my art practice.
𝘿𝙤 𝙄 𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙩 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣, 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩?
I am all three but if asked, artist
𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙤 𝙄 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚?
From my studio space at home – temporarily on the first floor of the building my partner and I are renovating. Hoping to move back into my dedicated space once a bit of building work has been completed.
𝙒𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙖𝙢 𝙄 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩?
This is a hard question – I am quite eclectic in my tastes I suppose. Ceramics and textiles works always draw me in. Local Whanganui artist Leigh Anderton-Hall’s work is fabulous, and a new artist Rosalie Jurczenko’s paintings are quite special. I am a big lover of the work of Dorothea Tanning, have loved Georgia O’Keefe forever, likewise Cezanne, and ALL of the Abstract Expressionists.
𝙃𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙙 𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚?
Yes. A big burst of energy post the first lockdown which was unexpected, some cancelled events and shows, but actually a really good year for sales.
Really regret not keeping one of my acrylic works which were the first pieces made post lockdown. But – money needed and my buyers loved them so that is good.
𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠?
Look out for my show at Space Studio and Gallery (head over to their past exhibitions page as well). You can also buy direct from my when I get my new body of work up via my Instagram page.
All artworks copyright the artist and Space Studio and Gallery