Strangely Familiar – Portraits by Wayne Youle


Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Strangely Familiar introduces audiences to a fascinating range of New Zealand poets, writers, musicians and visual artists – including Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, Margaret Mahy and Len Lye. The portraits of these artist-mentors, both historical and contemporary, pay homage to the way artists connect across time in an ongoing visual conversation.  For this series of work, Youle, like many others of his generation, looks to Pop art for inspiration with the bright, saturated colours, hard-edged style and appropriated imagery of his portraits.

Wayne Youle is one of New Zealand’s most significant and influential mid-career artists.  A versatile and prolific artist, his work is direct, fresh, accessible, often funny and always provocative.

The visit will be available for up to three low vision or blind participants and will be supported by member of the gallery staff, a Blind Foundation volunteer and/or a Blind Foundation staff member.  It will last for approximately 45 minutes then afterwards, for those who would like to, we will head to a local café for a tea/coffee.

If you are interested in attending the tour then please reserve a place by contacting Frances Watling (Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator at the Blind Foundation) by telephone on 04 380 2151 or via email at

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Portrait Gallery
Shed 11, Customhouse Quay