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Source: Auckland Council

Art is a great platform for political comment.

In this body of work Linda Gair has sought to express some of her opinions regarding several topical issues we are facing today in Aotearoa New Zealand, particularly in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

As a Bayswater resident, Gair is all too familiar with the growth pains of urban development – with only one road providing access to the peninsula, new development without equal investment in infrastructure has had, and will continue to have a notable impact on daily life.

Linda Gair is a North Shore-based artist and graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, having majored in Photography in 1977.

She turned to painting 25 years later as digital photography became the norm. The ‘alchemy’ of mixing paint, as well as its processes and application, served to match her fascination with the chemistry of darkroom photographic processing.

Linda’s new body of work ‘Conflict of Interest’ makes personal political comment around some of the larger public interest issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand today.

Gair’s practice is influence by her upbringing in a political household – her father, George Gair, served as the North Shore Electorate’s local politician for 24 years 1966-1990.

He later served as Mayor of North Shore City, before it became part of Auckland’s Super City! Gair currently exhibits with Railway Street Gallery, Railway St. Newmarket, Auckland, and has had solo and group exhibitions at The Depot Artspace over the years.

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