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November 2017 - Tony Rumball - Selected New Works

For the month of November 2017, ZIMMERMAN is featuring new paintings by Taranaki artist Tony Rumball.   

Tony Rumball: selected new works

This month’s exhibition is large scale and full of colour. 


Tony Rumball spontaneously approaches each canvas, first broadly sketching in charcoal or ink, then applying undiluted oil paint with a palette knife. The result is a multi-layered impasto texture, where rich warm tones jostle against cool blues, and big gentle figures emerge from a blizzard of paint. 


Rumball’s works focus on the incidents and accidents of everyday life: from the stiff-bodied determinedness of the stout figure in Blue in the Face, to the look of surprise a farmer exchanges with his dog in A Misunderstanding.   


Snapshots of human mood and expression, the paintings typically appear off-beat and humorous, yet hints of something deeper and darker also swirl within the psychological mix. 


The exhibition of Tony Rumball’s new works runs from 1 to 30 November 2017. 


Tony Rumball – brief artist bio 

Born in 1943, for more than 30 years Tony Rumball has painted with an art group founded in Stratford by the late Tom Kriesler. 


Many of Rumball’s works are begun at these weekly Stratford painting sessions, then completed at the artist’s home studio in New Plymouth.


A regular exhibitor in Taranaki, Rumball’s work is frequently exhibited at Stratford’s Percy Thomson Gallery, as well as featuring in selected group shows in New Zealand and Paris. 


Rumball has exhibited with ZIMMERMAN in Palmerston North since 2010.