L’Art Reflète La Vie - Art Imitating Life by Shelton Woolright

Exhibition Poster

If you remember Shelton Woolright’s collaboration from last year with Dean Sacred, Lonesome Beast, then you’ll be excited as we are that the man himself is back - this time bringing his ‘L’Art reflète la vie – Art Imitating Life’ exhibition to Auckland on March 14th, having previously been exhibited in Paris.

This time around Woolright, who is best known as the drummer for alternative rock outfit ‘I Am Giant’, explores the tudor rose – a simple tattoo design that started as ink on his skin, but has become so much more to the Kiwi musician. Woolright reconstructs this tudor rose out of materials drawn from his life experiences, carefully crafted the details into shape by hand and photographing them himself, before handing them into our expert care for the exhibition prints.

We’re especially excited about this exhibition as Woolright is donating the proceeds of two very special prints to charity, which will be printed by the Print Room free of charge, to ensure every single penny is making its way to those worthy causes.

‘Eva’ is named after the inspiring ambassador for Cure Kids foundation, who lives with gastrointestinal failure.  The rose in the print ‘Eva’ is literally blood red, drawn from Eva’s Hickman line, a catheter in her veins; “the simplest, most fundamental things in life can be easiest to take for granted. Eva’s piece acknowledges the fighting spirit of this brave young girl, determined to live life to the fullest.”

Cure Kids ambassador Eva who lives with gastrointestinal failure, with musician and photographer Shelton Woolright Photo courtesy of Carmen Bird Photography

Cure Kids ambassador Eva who lives with gastrointestinal failure, with musician and photographer Shelton Woolright
Photo courtesy of Carmen Bird Photography

The second charity piece, ‘Charlotte’ is made from the fabric of one of the late Charlotte Dawson’s dress, who was a close personal friend of Woolright’s and who sadly took her own life early last year. “The vivid orange of Charlotte’s dress honours the life of a bright, intelligent woman. It mourns a life tragically lost and pays tribute to the memory of a loved one.” All proceeds from the sale of this print will be donated to Lifeline Aotearoa.

‘L’Art reflète la vie – Art Imitating Life’ is coming to a pop-up venue on the Viaduct Corner, 117 Customs Street West from 14 March – 20 March, we hope you join us there!