ABOUT GARY WALDROM
Gary Waldrom is a very private person, so it was an honor to meet him at his studio in Waipawa. Gary greeted me at the door and offered me the privilege of viewing his most recent work in progress, an incredible moment and experience that will remain with me. He 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 best artists.
Gary has also 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 colour so 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, and he thoroughly enjoys the reactions they get. He is a little bit naughty, and quite a bit cheeky. His smile as he showed me his work lit up the room.
Gary is a self-taught artist of extraordinary ability. He has a very unique style and as a considered artist, does not produce more than around 12 paintings per year. He has to allow for the painting 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.
We are 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.