ABOUT GARY WALDROM
When I first acquired Quay Gallery, I was in awe of Gary Waldrom’s work and
the possibility of the opportunity to represent him at Quay was beyond exciting.
Gary is a very private person, and so it was an honor when he agreed to meet with me by way of introduction by the original Quay owners, who took me to
Gary’s studio in Waipawa. Gary greeted me at the door and I had privilege of viewing his studio and his most recent work in progress, an incredible moment and experience that will remain with me.
Gary is working on a new series of works that quite literally brought tears to my eyes and has solidified to me his status as one of New Zealand’s most incredible artists.
These pieces are incredibly emotive.
Aside from these works, Gary has developed new pieces that are fun, frivolous and unlike anything else I have ever seen - they are so completely ‘Gary’. He and his work is so entirely unique, his use of color so incredibly masterful that you just cannot help but stand and gaze in awe.
Gary himself is quiet, humble but becomes animated when discussing his work. He often uses familiar ‘characters’ - Punch and Judy, Harlequin, clowns, circus acts and likes to tell the stories behind how he has ‘staged’ them. There is often a message – more than meets the eye. Pictures fueled by an animated imagination. He brings these characters to life in your own.
Gary is a self-taught artist of extraordinary ability. He has an incredibly unique style and as a considered artist, does not produce more than around 12 paintings per year. He has to allow time for the paintings to 'evolve' until such time as he is happy with the result. As such, he is an investment or 'collectible' artist and his paintings are held in private and public collections such as The James Wallace Trust, Rutherford Trust Collection, Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Helene Quilter Collection (housed at Govett-Brewster) Wingnut Films and with many art investment Groups.
I am thrilled and privileged to represent Gary and his works at Quay Gallery, and so excited to see what this amazing artist will bring us into the future.