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Paul Hooker
New Zealand Portrait and figurative artist
CIRQUE

Exhibition March 14 - April 2
Opening and artist's talk Saturday, March 14 at 3pm.

Paul Hooker has enjoyed a career as an exhibiting painter, professional illustrator and tertiary lecturer in Auckland for more than forty years. He is particularly well known as a portrait painter who has completed many private and public commissions most notably portraits of all of the Americas Cup skippers in 2000 as well as a series of three portraits for Kings College in Auckland, two of the chairman of their board and one of the Dean. He has been a finalist in the Adam portraiture awards no fewer than six times.
Aside from portraiture Paul’s oeuvre includes highly accomplished paintings of the figure – a direct extension of his dedication as a lecturer in life drawing and figurative studies at a number of tertiary institutions in Auckland. More recently he has completed intimate renditions of still life painting exploiting the depiction of contrasting qualities of surface and reflection. In addition, he has been exploring an interest in landscape, in particular the extended vistas and rolling hills
of the North Island which he depicts with a finely tuned sense of light and atmosphere.
Over the years Paul has garnered a number of awards in various local and national art competitions.
Apart from his work as a commercial illustrator, including the design and illustration of the 2004 NZ Post Christmas stamps, he was a sought after teacher of general painting and life drawing, fashion, costume and general illustration. Now retired from teaching he is painting full time. His latest work is the Cirque series, returning to the figure, set in an abstract to give relevance to the feeling and atmosphere of the figure’s story.


'These paintings reflect our two worlds, the exterior and interior, the seen and unseen. The effects of our surroundings on our inner essence.
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SPECIAL NOTICE: There will be a live performance in the centre of the gallery during the exhibition from Rebecca Bilyard Circus Artist and Aerialist https://www.fantailcircus.com/aerial-fitness

Paul Hooker nz figurative artist, steam punk, oil on canvas
Steampunk White Oil on Canvas 101cm x 101cm $6000 ENQUIRE NOW Sold
Paul Hooker nz figure artist, turquoise dancers, oil on canvas
Turquoise Dancers Oil on Canvas 122cm x 91cm $5500 ENQUIRE NOW

Paul Hooker nz figurative artist, all quiet after the show, oil on canvas  
paul hooker nz portrait artist, cirque
All quiet Oil on Canvas 122cm x 91cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
Cirque Midnight Oil on Canvas 91cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz figurative artist, steampunk blue, oil on canvas
  Paul Hooker nz figurative artist, evening glow, oil on canvas
Steampunk Blue Oil on Canvas 76cm x 51cm $3000 ENQUIRE NOW Sold
 
Evening Glow Oil on Canvas 76cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz figurative artist, waiting performer, oil on canvas
 
Paul Hooker nz figurative artist, young hopeful, oil on canvas
Waiting Performer Oil on Canvas 61cm x 61cm $2000 ENQUIRE NOW
 
The Young Hopeful Oil on Canvas 122cm x 91cm $5500
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Paul Hooker nz figuartive artist, freedom, oil on canvas
 
Paul Hooker nz fine art portrait, tempest
Freedom in Blue Oil on Canvas 101cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
Tempest Oil on Canvas 76cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, backstage composure, oil on canvas
 
Paul Hooker figurative artist, electric blue, oil on canvas
Backstage Composure Oil on Canvas 76cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
Electric Blue Oil on Canvas 122cm x 91cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, show girl, oil on canvas
 
Paul Hooker nz portrai artist, top hat, oil on canvas board
Showgirl Oil on Canvas 71cm x 56cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
Top Hat Oil on Canvas Board/Framed 51cm x 40cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, after the show, oil on canvas
 
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, magi coat, oil on canvas
After the Show Oil on Canvas 91cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
The Magic Coat Oil on Canvas 101cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, under the sun
   
Under the Sun Oil on Canvas 91cm x 61cm ENQUIRE NOW
   

 

More works will be uploaded closer to the opening

 


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