Looking at the mysterious shadowy interiors and figures that populate the paintings of Shelley Masters, one is reminded of the Jungian concept of the house being a mirror to the Psyche. The hazy border between loneliness and solitude is a theme often explored in the work of the English artist, who now resides in Havelock North. Masters' paintings have a Hopperesque quality; that sense of absence that allows the viewer to fill the void with their own musings on the character and drama playing out in the scenes depicted.

Also inviting quiet meditation, are the completely abstract, geometric paintings of Amanda Wilkinson. Wilkinson's playful approach to painting is to depict the shadows cast throughout her mid-century architecturally designed Wellington home, (incidentally, designed and built by her Grandfather). Her studio is her kitchen table. From her light filled position in the kitchen, Wilkinson has views throughout her house and into the garden, taking note of the shadows changing as the day goes on, highlighting the various architectural features as it goes. Using a combination of texture, line and splashes of colour, Wilkinson brings them all together to create satisfying and sophisticated compositions that offer just a hint as to their origins. 

Masters' and Wilkinson's paintings hang side by side inviting comparison and contrast, one that we hope inspires deeper thinking and perhaps a whole new dialogue.