Local figures from artist Fiona Clark's past to showcase in exhibition

Local figures from artist Fiona Clark's past to showcase in exhibition

Stratford Press, 7 Aug, 2019

Fiona Clark   Pan Pacific Women's Body Building Championship posing, Auckland 1981 . Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett.

Fiona Clark Pan Pacific Women's Body Building Championship posing, Auckland 1981. Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett.

Taranaki artist Fiona Clark's new exhibition at NPDC's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery opens this month and includes local figures from the artist's past including renowned Opunake bodybuilder Quentin Smith.

The title of Fiona's exhibition, Raw Material, hints at untreated or unedited material, and makes reference to the exhibition's focus on a careful selection of elements from her own extensive archive.

Mr New Zealand Quentin Smith, 1960. Photo by Royale of London, private collection.

Mr New Zealand Quentin Smith, 1960. Photo by Royale of London, private collection.

As part of her exhibition, Fiona has been researching and tracking down people who are connected to her photographs. This included appealing to the Opunake community for related materials on the 1958 Mr New Zealand, Quentin Smith, that she could show in her exhibition.

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