Portraits from TVNZ 7's The Sitting on exhibition

The Sitting Exhibition sees portraits by award-winning artist Stephen Martyn Welch, from season two of TVNZ 7’s revealing series, on show at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre from Tuesday, April 17.

On the TVNZ 7 series The Sitting, well-known New Zealanders share their stories, while seated for an intimate portrait painted by Welch. Celebrating New Zealanders from the world of the arts, theatre, film and television, food, politics, business, music and the media, guests are invited to sit for Welch at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.

Welch chats with his guests, while capturing the essence of each subject on canvas. During the conversation, exploring each guest’s past and interests, Welch often discovers information about the person that until now has never been revealed.

Back in his studio, Welch completes the portrait and when finished, the work is revealed to the sitter for his or her reaction. These works now form the exhibition, The Sitting.

Portraits exhibited for The Sitting feature artists Dick Frizzell and Otis Frizzell; actors Peter Elliott, George Henare, Siobhan Marshall and Geradine Brophy; chefs Al Brown and Jo Seagar; politicians Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern; performer Richard O’Brien; TV ONE’s Mark Sainsbury and Petra Bagust; musician Greg Johnson; All Black Keven Mealamu and coach Graham Henry; Sir Michael Hill; and Sir Peter Leitch.

In February 2012, Welch was awarded the prestigious Adam Portraiture Award for his self-portrait 3 Nights, A Mirror & Loads of Coffee. Born in Dargaville, Welch is now Auckland-based, but still calls the Kaipara home. With no formal artistic training, his ability to cut through the veneer and find a hidden gem inside his sitter is a fascinating and often moving experience.

The Sitting will be exhibited in the Master Bedroom and Boardroom from the April 17, to May 27, 2012.

The 20 portraits in this exhibition will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Starship Foundation.

The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Art Centre’s opening hours are Tuesday – Friday 10am till 3pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am till 5pm. Entry is by donation.

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