The Navigators Art Exhibition


The Navigators is a cosmic supermarket of gods, goddesses, ancient symbols and mythical lands.

New works will be exhibited from Thursday 15th February 2018 at Artbay Gallery in Queenstown, NZ

Artist Sofia Minson with her landscape painting Te Waka a Māui
Artist Sofia Minson with her 3 metre wide painting "Te Waka a Māui" looking out over the Southern Alps

 

 

Māori portraits with facial moko.

Mountainous New Zealand landscapes.

Animals, birds and sacred geometry.

Artbay Gallery will exhibit a dozen new large-scale paintings by Sofia Minson.

 

 

 

Horus portrait painting by Sofia Minson
"Horus" 1280 x 1900mm. Flashe (vinyl paint) on linen - Contact us to inquire

 

 

White canvases and raw linen backgrounds soak up watery washes of black, ink-like paint.

Black and white images of faces and nature are crowned with ornate golden symbols.

 

 

 

Twelve Heavens Maori portrait painting by Sofia Minson
"Twelve Heavens" 1230 x 1820mm. Digital design & painted flashe on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

 

"I'm making sacred art that integrates our modern human experience with the wisdom of our ancestors.

We need aspirational symbols to navigate this strange new world."


- Sofia Minson

 

 

 

Circling the Square painting by Sofia Minson
"Circling the Square" 1230 x 1820mm. Digital design & hand-painted flashe on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

 

Ancient Māori, Christian and Egyptian myths are brought to life.

These traditional stories become relevant to our modern-day hero’s journey.

 

 

 

The Hero's Journey portrait painting by Sofia Minson
"The Hero's Journey" 1680 x 2380mm. Oil and flashe (vinyl paint) on canvas - Sold

 

 

The Auckland artist’s own heritage is a collision of cultures - Ngāti Porou Māori, Swedish, English and Irish.

Minson grew up in New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka and China due to her father’s engineering work.

She became interested in the connections between diverse people, cultures and religions.

Returning home to New Zealand as a teenager, painting the myths, land and people of Aotearoa helped strengthen her link to her Māori roots.

 

 

 

Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves by Sofia Minson     Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves bull painting by Sofia Minson
"Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves" 1705 x 1230mm. Digital and hand-painted acrylic on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

 

Merkabah stag painting by Sofia Minson
"Merkabah" 1280 x 1900mm. Flashe (vinyl paint) on raw linen - Contact us to inquire

 

 

There are several female portraits.

A thread of Mana Wāhine or The Divine Feminine runs through them.

 

 

 

Magdalena Maori portrait painting by Sofia Minson       Hine-titama portrait by Sofia Minson
"Magdalena" (left) - Sold.    "Hine-tītama" (right) 1975 x 1350mm, flashe (acrylic vinyl paint) on canvas - Contact us to inquire.

 

 

Heavenly Bodies - Maori female portrait by Sofia Minson
"Heavenly Bodies"1280 x 1900mm. Flashe (vinyl paint) and acrylic on canvas - Sold

 

 

The Navigators series is Minson’s way of:

“finding meaning as we come out of hundreds of years of scientific materialism and enter into a new magical age.”

 

 

 

Breath of Life painting of tui birds by Sofia Minson
"Breath of Life" 1230 x 2005mm. Digital design & painted acrylic on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

 

Minson has used a new technique in five of the paintings, fusing digital and analogue.

She blends ancient and modern processes to create art that is original and relevant.

 

"I have taken hand-painted forms in my work - portraits, birds and animals.

I've digitally placed them in a fresh context so they take on new meaning.

Using technology I've created symmetries and repeating mandala patterns.

Printing them on canvas, I've completed the compositions by hand using acrylic and flashe paints."

 

 

The Moon is Full - tui mandala painting by Sofia Minson
"The Moon is Full" 1230 x 1455mm. Digital design & painted acrylic on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

Minson takes the Joseph Campbell quote “Myths are public dreams and dreams are private myths” into her painting process.

 

“When I finish painting a work I look at it like you would a dream.

I find symbols that have bubbled out of my subconscious and I write stories or ‘myths’ about each painting.

Ancestors and ideas from the past link with the present.

This is how I listen to my Higher Self and it helps me navigate.”

 

 

Terraces of Myth - landscape painting of the pink and white terraces by Sofia Minson
"Terraces of Myth" 1550 x 2080mm. Oil and flashe (vinyl paint) on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

 

The Phoenix painting of a Takahe bird by Sofia Minson
"The Phoenix" Diptych - 1230 x 2090mm total. Flashe on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 

 

Te Waka a Maui landscape painting by Sofia Minson

"Te Waka a Māui" 1640 x 3060mm. Flashe (vinyl paint) and acrylic on canvas - Contact us to inquire

 


If you would like more information about the artworks please contact us

 

 


 

The Navigators Art Exhibition by Sofia Minson

15 February - 01 March 2018
Artbay Gallery
, Queenstown

Opening Thurs 15th February 5:30pm - all are welcome!

“The Navigators” is Sofia Minson's exhibition of new works at Artbay Gallery on the Wakatipu waterfront in Queenstown, New Zealand. Opening night is free and all are welcome so come and join us at 5:30pm on Thursday 15th February 2018 to celebrate! The works will be on display until 1st March 2018.

 

 


 

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