The Midas Touch is a group show featuring work by contemporary local artist, Rae West, whose abstract works of poured inks and resin on gold leaf backgrounds sit next to the alongside gold framed oil paintings by Alexandra Heyes and her partner Grant Kenny. The couple, who recently moved to Hawkes Bay, embrace traditional European styles and techniques including making their own paints and the use of water-gilded gold frames. Alexandra uses a painstaking and exacting process unchanged from its European origin to achieve a flawless finish of exceptional quality.

What links the work of these three artists is hinted at in the title, which is the use of gold leaf. We are hoping the juxtaposition of such diverse styles creates a conversation around the traditional versus contemporary approach and their ability of one to energise the other.