With the Gary Mahan Gallery set to open it doors on the 20th of June, you can't miss the opening collection of works by Jeff Thomson.
Corrugated iron is Jeff Thomson’s life; he can make it dance and sing and tell us things. His sculptures say a lot about New Zealand and the world beyond.
While taking a break from his art studies in 1980 Thomson found himself at Portobello, 20km out of Dunedin, living in a small seaside crib. It was during this time that a profound change occurred in Thomson's approach to life, art and environment. It came about through the discovery of an ancient pursuit - walking.
While walking the rural and urban miles Thomson started observing and collecting the wealth of highway paraphernalia that he found on our roadsides. These highway experiences culminated in the rural letterbox sculptures, the first body of Thomson's works to gain national recognition by a diverse range of New Zealanders. And it was through this letterbox series of works that Thomson came face to face with his chosen material - corrugated iron.
The opening collection of Jeff Thomson works, at the Gary Mahan Gallery are an extensive representation, many of which have never been exhibited before. Mahan says, “It has taken many years to put this exclusive collection together and Jeff is a genius creating things with corrugated iron that continue to amaze me"