Artist Carmel Van Der Hoeven’s secret show

Photography Turua Gallery

One of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most sought-after artists is no stranger to the spotlight.

Since her previous show sold out in less than an hour, the artist has decided to do something a little different for her upcoming exhibition.

Instead of publicising it on social media Van Der Hoeven has announced that this time around she will keep the details of her latest show, set to be on November 18, under wraps.

Mortals Dreams promises to be one of her best yet, showcasing more than 50 works of art, including large scale canvas works.

Van Der Hoeven’s primary medium, pastel on paper, helps her to create a world of nostalgic colour and movement that draws the viewer in.

This work gathered inspiration from Van Der Hoeven’s attempts to make sense of life. “Flowers are possibly the surest way to remind us of the cycle of life and time passing the seasons of each year,” Van Der Hoeven says “… I wanted to create an echo of our world, something we recognise at first glance but on closer inspection see it is unlike our reality – like a dream.”

The self-taught artist has received heavy praise for her previous collections. Her works have explored the nostalgia of state houses and deep florals of the modest flower.  She draws on her surroundings to creating breathtaking awe-inspiring works of art full of movement and colour.

Van Der Hoeven has previously had several shows at the Turua Gallery. Her first solo exhibit, Rhythm, went on sale during the 2020 level 4 lockdown and sold out in a matter of days. Her next solo show, By Contrast, sold out in less then an hour on opening night. The popularity of her work has prompted Turua Gallery in St Heliers, Auckland to exhibit Mortal Dreams at a secret larger location.

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