Howick artist Hanneke De Graaf celebrates life and living through the exploration of the human form in her new exhibition at te tuhi - the mark. Old Loves, New Loves is a combination of work in her favourite media - drawings, watercolour and small sculptures.
An active member of the Pakuranga Arts Societey, Hanneke De Graaf can often be seen at te tuhi - the mark and other places taking part in life drawing classes, where she develops her skills in figure drawing and portraiture. Sometimes she can be seen unobtrusively sketching children who are engrossed in work or play at the gallery. She is particularly interested in expressing the human condition in her work and is inspired by the moments in everyday life when people read, shop, or are deep in conversation.
Hanneke studied art in the Netherlands and in England before she moved to New Zealand in 1981. She was attracted by the less crowded countryside and the challenge of a different lifestyle in New Zealand. She also teaches clay sculpture, drawing and watercolour at community education centres in Auckland.
→ The art of people watching, Eastern Courier, 09-08-2002