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Inspired . . . Fenwick School year 5 and 6 pupils studying Burns Pollock?s exhibition in the Forrester Gallery are (from left) Blake Mareta-Ria (10), Mana Fisilau (10), Liam Scott (9), Koloi Kaufana (10), Harleigh Jones (10), Noah Ilton (10), Maddison Hollows (11), Lars Finn (10), and Tai McLean (11). PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

An exhibition of recent paintings by renowned North Otago artist Burns Pollock has attracted a new generation of admirers.

All senior pupils from Fenwick School visited the gallery to study the exhibition, called “Post-Moa”. They saw how Pollock was inspired by his local landscape and symbolic objects placed in it.

The pupils were asked to start drawing their own artworks based on landscape and objects that were special to or represented themselves.

The young artists also made their own version of Pollock’s “Wee Diggers” – small works that were sold to raise funds towards installing a lift in the gallery.

“Now in his 80s, Burns has lived in Waitaki for more than 70 years, until recently farming in the Awamoko Valley,” Forrester Gallery director Jane Macknight said.

“He has been making art for many years about life in the Waitaki. He has held several exhibitions with the Forrester Gallery. He featured on Country Calendar back in 1994.

“Burns is a bit of a living legend, absolutely passionate about place: the and treasures’ of the Waitaki and an amazing connector of two worlds – the farming and the arts, with an incredibly wry sense of humour.”

His exhibition is open until September 6.

Another exhibition created especially for the Forrester is “Configured”, featuring new work from Kiri Mitchell, Sarah Baird, and Michele Beevors.

The gallery also has a new logo, which designer Ingrid Cole was inspired to produce during lockdown. It is based on a panel of its huge carved wooden front door.