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André Brönnimann

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André Brönnimann
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 May 2014 - 31 May 2014

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This month Zimmerman Art Gallery is delighted to introduce the paintings of André Brönnimann.

Brönnimann has won a number of national awards for both his surrealist paintings and, more recently, his photo realistic portraits.

Of Brönnimann’s surrealist works, Couldn't Shouldn't is one of the works featured this month. Depicting two plates impossibly nailed to a wall, closer inspection of the work makes for a more shocking discovery. The simple black graphic bordering both plates is an unrelenting line of swastikas, while the wallpaper behind is embossed with a recurring Star of David.

Brönnimann comments "I've always had a fascination with war and what humans do to each other. This painting is a symbolic representation of the madness of the era, by depicting the idea of brutally nailing two Nazi plates onto Jewish wallpaper. Instead of shattering, the plates stay intact, something that shouldn't and couldn’t happen, yet it did." The painting won the 2013 Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award, as judged by Whanganui’s Bill Milbank.

Since 2010, Brönnimann has been developing a series of portraits of people with traditional ta moko (Maori tattoos). Three of the works from this series have been finalists in the Adam Portraiture Award, a biennial award promoting the best contemporary portrait painting in New Zealand. All three finalists were also selected for the Adam Portraiture Award touring exhibition.

One of the ta moko portraits featured this month, Tom, won both the Waimarino Art Awards Premier Award and the People’s Choice Award. The work went on to also win the Taranaki National Art Awards, of which Palmerston North’s Professor Robert Jahnke was one of two judges.

The other ta moko portraits featured this month at Zimmerman Art Gallery have also won recognition – Hemi was highly commended at the 2012 Taranaki National Art Awards, and Raukura at the 2012 Whanganui Art Review.

The exhibition of André Brönnimann’s paintings runs until 31 May 2014.

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