Signs of Life

Exhibition dates: Tue 14 August to Sat 1 September 2012
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Angela Lane’s tiny paintings are about big themes. Taking her cue from the miniaturist landscape backgrounds of late 15th and early 16th century Netherlands’ painting, she forges contemporary updates through some very hot topics. For late medieval Christians, the hottest topic was the serious and relevant implications of the Biblical Fall of Man: the prospects of hellfire, the end of the world and the Last Judgement – prospects sharpened by experiences of plague, famine and war.

The landscape backgrounds she draws on are very often the sites of narratives to do with The Fall, their vivid depictions of suffering, fear and doom adding sharp spice to the paintings’ often serene foregrounds of Baptisms of Christ, nursing Madonnas, the turns of the seasons as well as ordinary people going about their daily lives.

Lane’s works foreground this narrative tradition, giving it an awesomely contemporary twist in the process. The paintings inspiring her art are about men falling out with their God. Her own works are about humanity falling out with their planet. These intricately painted vignettes speak not of a spiritual crisis but a very pressing prospect of doom as seas rise, cyclones increase and food becomes scarcer – the prospect’s of social chaos this time. The beauty of these paintings seduces us, but once trapped by their charm we’re forced into a contemplation of our own Fall. These are works not just to decorate walls but gently to awaken our consciousness.

– Peter Ireland


Born in Epsom, U.K., 1974


Bachelor of Design (Illustration), Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z., 1997

Solo exhibitions

2012Signs of Life – Damien Minton Gallery, Redfern
A Sequence of Events – Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North
2011Waiting for the fall – Damien Minton Gallery, Redfern2010Toward an End – Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North2009The Idealogues – Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North 2008Nothing Forever – Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North

Group exhibitions

2012Damien Minton Gallery – Melbourne Art Fair
Not Just A Pretty Picture – Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North
2011A Medley of Small Works – The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre Gallery, Auckland
Small And Beautiful Takeaways – Mahara Gallery, Waikanae
2010Wild Swans – Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui2010Frank ‘n’ Friends: A Peter Fay Project – Sheffer Gallery, Sydney2009The E.T. Experience – Rayner Brothers Gallery, Whanganui2007Vent – Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North


2012 Ireland, Peter, ‘Big, Small and the Last Days’, Eye Contact2011Artist Profile, pg 124-125, Issue 17, 20112010Goodwin, E., ‘Breadboards and Beyond’, The Manawatu Standard2009Dibble, F., ‘Small made big’, The Manawatu Standard


James Wallace Art Trust
Private collections New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom