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Electric hues come alive through the repetition of dots, drips, swishes and swirls in Alexandra Weston’s art. We commissioned the Lyttelton-based artist, mother and cat lover to complete two works for our Champagne Parlour, inspired by the official sip of the season – Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé.
The result? Pops of joyous colour and a cacophony of cheerful confetti. With buoyant bubbles and an effervescent outlook, the Perspex planes could not be a more fitting match for our ‘ooh la la’ room à la Mumm. Read on to learn about the magic and whimsy behind Alexandra’s art.
Tell us about your journey to becoming an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in creating and then the desire to sell what I make.
It was during my time in Hong Kong that I really entered the creative world. Initially, I worked in an art gallery, before founding a children’s clothing label. I supplied to stores all over the world and online and took my brand to trade fairs in Paris, New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo. Being exposed to other amazing products while working with myown brand led me to set up a lifestyle store on the south side of Hong Kong Island with my friend/business partner. It was following my return to New Zealand and working as a stylist for a number of home magazines that I found myself shifting more and more into creating art until it became my full time gig.
What is the inspiration behind the works you have created for our Champagne Parlour?
My Pöttyök works are an overflowing of curiosity for colour, detail and repetition which was heightened during my 14 years living in crazy fragrant city that is Hong Kong. Each piece requires a generous amount of time to create, giving them depth and drawing the viewer in to explore. The smaller work, ’Spill’, is a study of colour also using the reverse side of perspex but is very paired back by contrast.What is your creative process around creating these pieces?
There are thousands of dots, spots, dashes and drops involved in my Pöttyök piece. I paint on the reverse side of perspex, so the work is at the back of the acrylic sheet when viewed. For me to see how the artwork is progressing I need to lift up the work and view from underneath. I often leave it a few days to take its own course, it’s a nicesurprise to see what has been created. Each new series of coloured marks is applied carefully to marry with or contrast with the tones around it.What media do you use in your works?
I use between 5 and 10 different types of paint, stain and ink. And up to 30 colours in each Pöttyök artwork. I drip some from a small height, apply some with a wooden brush, bristles removed and others by hand or traditional paintbrush.
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