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Niki Hare

A true artist, instinctive and independent, Hare rode horses for twenty years, a thrill and freedom she would come to replicate with her spontaneous, unrestrained paintings, which are remarkably free in their use of medium, colour and imagery. Working autonomously, paying no obvious tribute and restricting herself to no obvious theme, her work is instead therapeutic. She works an individual struggle onto canvas, often several at once, and thus produces a modern self portrait. Her breakthrough came with her word paintings, which display a remarkable understanding of the relationship between letter and image. Fittingly, she considers herself more of a poet in a new medium than an artist who uses word. Also appropriate to her subjective approach, she considers the “scary” ideas that she paints over as a part of the work, as important events, though inaccessible to the viewer.

I guess I am considered an artist, but I feel more like a poet that paints walls

Though she does not consider herself to be much of an art buff, she shows impeccable taste in her choices of Lou Reed, Murakami, Bergman and Sartre as artistic idols. And true to her impulsive artwork, she once abandoned all her projects to meet a long-lost friend in New Zealand, 20 years after they first met, and true to her success, she says it “worked out OK”. She also makes a mean vegetable handi.

10 more artworks in our shop

Unformed Form (Slowly Rising)

By Niki Hare

Maersk

By Niki Hare

Then Maybe

By Niki Hare

Talking to Myself Again

By Niki Hare

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