A concrete reason for art

After project managing the build of her architecturally designed Auckland home, artist Teresa Lane was inspired to record the experience in a series of paintings.

Lane graduated last year as a mature student from Elam, and will show her first solo exhibition in Dunedin this April – a series of acrylic and ink works taking inspiration from the concrete pour that lays the home's foundation.

The series explores the theme of art and building in a collection titled 'Men at Work'; presented on plywood board salvaged from building sites, Lane combines hand drawn and painted elements to depict the observations of a building site.


On a whitewashed foundation, the colour palette is parts earthy orange, echoing the vibrancy of the clay foundations, and cobalt blue to reflect the plastic wrap laid down to cure the poured walls.

Lane's first series of paintings 'The Might of Meekness' – which celebrated both the strength and vulnerability of “the pour” – sold out at a group exhibition at the Allpress Gallery last year.

“We look forward to showcasing Teresa Lane’s first solo exhibition," says Lisa Wilkie, of Milford Galleries. "The roles of the workers who populate the paintings are unspecified, but Lane’s vigorous line drawings suggest a robust, physical dynamism.”

'Men at Work' will show at Milford Galleries in Dunedin, April 11-May 8.