Good luck trying to describe a Wendy Matenga artwork in a few words. ‘Floral still life’ or ‘Painted bouquet’ just won’t cut it without mentioning her exquisite elements of realism, play with scale, ability to capture the beauty of blooms touched with light or her creative use of illustration to further deliver on the ‘feeling’ she receives from her subjects. The result is refreshingly unique, walking the line of nostalgia and subtle fantasy, arriving in completion as a modern artwork to be enjoyed and captivated by on a daily basis.
Perhaps Wendy’s freedom in her work comes from a childhood of roaming with her parents in a house bus, relocating often for her father to dredge for gold. Paddocks became playgrounds with her mother growing flowers wherever their home was parked. Wendy credits this lifestyle with her connection to nature and desire to reflect this through her preferred tools of pencil and paint. Now based in Nelson with her family, Wendy’s work is finding new homes with art lovers around the country and globe. Wendy Matenga originals and limited edition prints can be found online at studiohomearthouse.co.nz
Julia Atkinson-Dunn of Studio Home is a home and garden writer with a big art problem.
In late 2018 she launched her ART HOUSE pop-up project, focused on displaying beautiful NZ artworks in a less intimidating, domestic environment. The success of the art shows led to the launch of a growing online art gallery where she strips back the formalities of the traditional gallery model to introduce art to audiences from the comfort of their homes.