1. This video documents the production of the Alexandra murals for Thyme Week Festival in Alexandra, November 2013.

    The mural was funded by Alexandra Community Arts Council and received further sponsorship from PlaceMakers, Mitre10, QT Creative Kids, Vincent's Signs Alexandra, Resene, and MasterWood Cromwell,

    The murals were produced as a result from a protracted collaboration between the artist Andrew Price and the various stakeholders: The Youth Forum, Ignite Youth Group, Alexandra primary, Clyde primary, Terrace primary and St. Gerard's primary schools.

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  2. Six large stunning murals will be unveiled at the start of Thyme Festival week this month in Alexandra.

    The central theme of the murals, which will reside on the side of the Tin Goose Cafe in Alexandra, is ‘Cherishing our Environment’. There are two large mural panels (2.5m x 1.2m) painted by contemporary commercial artist Andrew Price and inspired by the ideas coming from the Youth Forum and Ignite Youth groups. The four smaller panels (1.2m x 1m) have been created in collaboration with Year 7/8 students from the Clyde, The Terrace, St Gerard’s and Alexandra Primary schools.

    The murals have been six months in the making with artist Andrew Price first having to seek community support for the idea. Local schools, businesses and youth groups were contacted and were asked to be involved, sharing their thoughts regarding their environment.

    Alexandra Community Arts Council sponsored the project. Both Andrew and the Alexandra Community Arts Council are grateful to Place Makers Alexandra, QT Creative Kids, and Mitre10 in Alexandra and Cromwell for their support of materials. In addition, The Men Shed, and Vincent’s Signs have generously donated wood, paint, signage, skills and time. Without this support the young people of Alexandra and Clyde could not have been involved in this great community project.

    Andrew has documented the entire creative and artistic process in video and photography. The student’s mind-maps, their initial designs, early concept pieces produced by the artist and the stages of production of all the murals can be seen on http://www.andrewprice.kiwi.nz. Andrew hopes that the full documentation of the mural production is an enjoyable resource for Central Otago communities and adds further value to the visually striking pieces.

    The unique mural has been methodically produced with high quality materials and paints which will stand the test of time and allows the people of Alexandra to enjoy it for years to come. The Thyme Festival committees who have supported the concept feel very proud to unveil this mural as an addition to the Alexandra District’s Public Art.

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  5. My paintings explore the inherently personal sensation of experiencing colours. The interplay of colours in my work explores the concept of ‘colour-constancy’ forcing you to scrutinise and to question the colours you think you see. Colour is the subject; the purity of paint used in production is paramount in attempting to mimic the physiological process of perceiving the real world. Illusory-motion is created by juxtaposing colours and adjusting the colour band thicknesses. This effects the colour-relationships highlighting research showing us that it is not only the colours used that are important, but how they are arranged also.

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Paintings by Contemporary Commercial Artist: Andrew Price

Andrew Price

Facilitating and coordinating public art projects is very rewarding as many local and regional businesses must come together to support a shared vision. This process, I believe, helps to strengthen our communities.

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Facilitating and coordinating public art projects is very rewarding as many local and regional businesses must come together to support a shared vision. This process, I believe, helps to strengthen our communities.

The production of public art adds to the immediate aesthetic characteristics of where that art is placed. It can simply beautify a wall through the colours used, or engage the public with its content and composition, and it can help to improve the quality of life in a local community by generating pride. It is my hope that the public art I co-produce achieves all of the above.

My spin-paintings and srtiped paintings explore the inherently personal sensation of experiencing colours. The interplay of colours in my work explores the concept of ‘colour-constancy’ forcing you to scrutinise and to question the colours you think you see. Colour is the subject; the purity of paint used in production is paramount in attempting to mimic the physiological process of perceiving the real world. Illusory-motion is created by juxtaposing colours and adjusting the colour band thicknesses. This effects the colour-relationships highlighting research showing us that it is not only the colours used that are important, but how they are arranged also.

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