The “Painting Poets” are Jan FitzGerald and husband, Leonard Lambert. Working fulltime from their base in Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Jan & Leonard live and breathe poetry and spend good hours each day producing original art in their respective studios.
Leonard is a long-time practitioner of that playful brand of Surrealism whose once and future master is Paul Klee. His oil paintings are small-to-medium sized, and have found homes in several national and many private collections in New Zealand. Recent works are currently with Quay Gallery, Ahuriri, Napier, NZ; Paper-works, Napier, NZ; Zea You, Taupo; and Zohar in Mt Maunganui, NZ.
Jan works on a smaller scale with pigment pen and watercolour. Best known for her New Zealand native bird drawings, her work is exquisitely detailed, employing traditional Maori motifs in novel and arresting ways. Much of this has evolved from her marae restoration years as artist in her own right and defacto wife of the late artist-carver, John Bevan Ford, absorbing knowledge of carving and kowhaiwhai (rafter) patterns. Jan’s works are on show at Quay Gallery, Ahuriri, Napier, NZ; Paper-works, Napier, NZ; Kura Gallery in Taupo and Zohar in Mt. Maunganui, NZ.
Works for sale may be viewed under the respective artists’ headings.
Both Leonard & Jan are established poets, with Leonard launching his fourth collection, Skywire, in October 2008, and Jan's second collection ‘On a day like this,' recently published. For where-to-buy, go to Our Poetry.
For exhibition news and poetry reviews, go to Notice Board.
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