Award winning New Zealand Artist Colin Unkovich specialises in original airbrushed art work inspired by the landscape, coast and people of New Zealand.
Based in Northland, Colin's finely detailed works often feature smooth transitions of colour giving his works a unique feel and sense of mood; airbrushing, which can be an incredibly slow and painstaking method of painting, lends a unique quality to the subject matter.
Drawing his inspiration from the natural forms of New Zealand, Colin works from his studio nestle in the bush. This location not only gives him ready access to inspiration but has encourage the self taught artist to develop his own style and series of techniques to highlight the interplay of light and shadow.
A less common artist's medium than others, airbrushing allows Colin to achieve a smooth, almost mellow quality to his work. Using a series of many, translucent layers of paint to achieve a shade the process is time intensive but rewarding:
"I find that by painting in layers, rather than starting by mixing an exact colour, it gives the work a life and vibrancy - almost an inner glow, as light reflects and refracts differently off the different levels of colour... it is a slow process but I think it is well worth the effort."
Colin aims to create paintings which bring pleasure to the eye and give a true sense of the subject while sometimes leaving enough latitude for individual interpretation allowing the viewer to engage and finish the story.
Colin has been part of various gallery exhibitions in New Zealand and his paintings hang in collections in New Zealand, the UK, America, Asia and Europe.
He was the winner of the 2013 Northland Art Awards for Painting and Winner of the people's choice award for the Gilmore Brown Kaipara 2013 Art Awards.
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