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"Focus" Exhibition by Dianne Baker

19 Jun – 14 Jul

Dianne Baker celebrates people focussed on their particular activity once the Covid lockdown was over.

“Focus”, an exhibition at the Morrinsville Gallery, shows twenty-two paintings by artist Dianne Baker, celebrating people focussed on their particular activity.   Covid lockdown was over so that we could return to our individual pursuits.   Dianne observed the joy and relief of people as they were able to work and enjoy life as they knew it.   The works are not formal portraits of individuals.   Instead, she has focussed on their connection and focus to their particular activity.   Each painting is celebrating all who are engaged and immersed in their own individual or group activity.


A mini-series depicts three paintings showcasing the café staff providing us with food and drinks using their skills and equipment for our delight.   Another group of paintings depicts plumbers, electricians, builders, painters, and a plasterer with their own trade belts and tools, fully immersed in the job at hand.   There is a nod to the farming world with a vet working, and a young person nursing a sick calf.   Sport is featured, where it is a necessity to interact as a group, the focus is fully on the ball.   Leisure, especially outside activities are essential for our wellbeing, as we were far more aware of following lockdown.   A group of paintings explore the individual’s connection to our environment for pleasure.


Dianne is aware and enjoys the fact that each viewer will bring their own experiences and responses to these artworks.   That is an important part of exhibiting.   Although she has used individuals as models, she encourages a broader view by painting them in their environment that depicts the activity as important and the models as representatives of their trade or activity.



Dianne Baker


19 Jun – 14 Jul
Tuesday to Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM; Weekends, 11 AM to 3 PM


Morrinsville Gallery
167 Thames Street

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