|Aphrodite at Makara Beach two figures 660 x 2520, oil on canvas, 2004|
|Anne Munz Revisiting new paintings: 18 February 12 March, 2005s
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Throughout her painting life Anne Munz has come back to just a few themes: rocks, trees, the connection between these and animal/human life: and the mythological figures from her European cultural background.
"The method of painting the trees is very uncontrolled in that I only use a knife (as well as drips and scrapes) to apply the paint. No precise strokes. The rough textures, haphazard in themselves, help the accidents along, accidents being, to my mind, the most rewarding part of any painting. There is something mysterious about them. Thus, the accidents caused by drips and splotches are somehow never wrong in the way deliberate brush strokes can be wrong. There’s something much more creative about helping along an accident rather than putting your own deliberate stroke down. Perhaps the nature of the paint must be respected, not just made into your slave.
Anne Munz was born in New Zealand and brought up in Barbados and Canada. She returned to New Zealand where she read history at Victoria University. She studied drawing and painting with Paul Olds for eight years. Over the past thirty years she has exhibited regularly, mainly in Wellington at the Brooker Gallery, then the Brian Queenin Gallery, and more recently at Idiom Studio. In Auckland she shows at the Oedipus Rex Gallery. She has taken part in innumerable group shows and is represented in many public and private collections.