New work from Stephen Bambury, Julia Morison, Marie le Lievre & Chris Pemberton

Art on Sunday! New work going LIVE tonight: a diptych from modernist Stephen Bambury; a small geometric wall piece from Julia Morison; a large, and highly emotive colour field canvas from Marie Le Lievre; and an expressive and gestural landscape from Chris Pemberton.


Stephen Bambury (1951-)

Stephen Bambury, one of New Zealand’s premier artists, is known for his modernist works that play with symmetries and dualities – of light/dark, negative/positive, masculine/feminine, the sea and the land, the intellectual and emotional, and the universal and the particular.

Julia Morison ONZM (1952-)

In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Christchurch-based artist Julia Morison works across a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and recently ceramics. Morison’s rich and ambiguous practice is built upon a foundation of complex symbolism, referencing Euclidian geometry, the legacies of constructivism and formal abstraction, Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, alchemy and memory systems.

Marie Le Lievre

Marie Le Lievre is a full-time artist based in Lyttelton. She has an MFA in Painting from the University of Canterbury. Her work explores the intimate intersection of the inner mind and the outer world through a symbolic vocabulary of abstract and stylized forms. What results are paintings that become abstracted colour fields which have a unique spontaneity and freedom.

Chris Pemberton (1923-2010) 

English artist Christopher Pemberton’s works are rarely seen in New Zealand. Pemberton was highly respected in the London arts community as both a teacher and a painter. His influence was vast through his teaching roles, particularly as Professor at the Slade School of Art at the University of London. His paintings were inspired by the work of Cezanne and the traditions of English landscape painters Turner and Constable. He produced portraits and still lifes but his landscapes of Suffolk and Normandy were among his finest works. The work we have for sale is one of these landscapes.