Artist - David Woodings
David Woodings is a Christchurch based full-time artist with a connection to the photo-realist painting style of American East Coast artists.
This had its genesis when he saw the exhibition American Photo Realism at the Barrington Gallery in Auckland in 1974, and the first works influenced by the style were produced by him in 1978 during his years at the Elam School of Fine Art.
He showed his first photo-realist inspired works at the Peter Webb Gallery in Auckland in the exhibition Four Photo-realists in 1978. His early works focused on glassy building interiors and exteriors, while also documenting the growth of the New Zealand fast food industry through the imaging of restaurants and their environments. His first on-person show was at the Denis Cohn Gallery in 1981.
With his return to full-time painting in 2005, after a period working in the heritage sector, arcade machine images became the main characters, now painted on a large canvas confrontational scale where the handling of the painting subjects invite active rapport and interchange between the spectator, the painted surface and picture plane, and the image.
After 3 series of work dedicated to the Christchurch earthquakes his newer works have a connection to the hand stitched greetings cards of WW1 called ‘silks’. In these works he creates images which mimic the stitch craft of these cards and utilising frequently employed iconography of their time, tell contemporary stories. The exhibition of these works took place in Hamilton and the National Army Museum in Waiouru in 2016. Additional ‘Conscientious objection’ and ‘We’ll be home by Christmas’ suites of work have been added to the show.