|The printmaker Greg Straight working on his new edition|
It's technically proficient, printed with great attention to detail, it has crisp lines and dense colour.
The artwork is large scale (it's on a full A1 sheet) and in a small edition (just 25 prints).
It depicts something unique to NZ in with a creative and distinctive artistic voice that is both thoughtful and decorative. The design on the rays wings may at first glance appear to be just a riff on classic Maori motifs but there is definitely something bat(man) like about the patterns on a second look.
|Checking colours of the artist's proof|
We also love the subject, New Zealand's sea creatures like sting rays haven't had as much exposure in contemporary art (compare the vast range that is available to buy in the ever popular native birds and native plants collections) but they deserve to be celebrated by our artists to the same degree.
|Greg with his print "Catching Rays"|
(available to buy here)