The Driving Force exhibition opening at Depot Artspace Saturday February 28


Artists (left – right) Nicholas J. Boyd, Paris Kirby and Yonel Watene


The last day in February 2015 (Saturday February 28) saw the opening of The Driving Force – A group exhibition featuring the work of emerging and newly established artists  Nicholas Boyd, Paris Kirby, Jermaine Reihana, Sash and Yonel Watene. Artist talks were held on the Thursday prior to the opening, which gave each exhibiting artist a chance to talk about their work and respond to the questions of the audience.

The works of Jermaine Reihana sold quickly to an eager audience, leaving many to look forward to his solo exhibition opening in July  – again at Depot Artspace.

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Two of the seven works by Jermaine Reihana, which sold on the weekend.


The golden car with the green interior (images below) – Sash’d by Sash – was a talking point for the opening and one of the motivators for the exhibition title.


Interior view of the ‘Sash’d’ mobile


Sash’s car in the gallery


Artist, potter, writer, engineer and creative entrepeneur Barry Brickell was immediately drawn to the work of Nicholas J Boyd in particular his work in oil on canvas board titled ‘Double Hombre‘ (pictured below), which he purchased after deciding it was (to him) “the best work in the exhibition”.

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Double Hombre, by Nicholas J. Boyd sold to Barry Brickell during the artist talks on thursday


Yonel Watene’s work was also the subject of many conversations over the weekend and featured in the New Zealand Herald’s weekend review. Meanwhile Paris Kirby’s work has been enjoying admiration from all gallery visitors with prints of her larger work hot in demand.

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Prints of Paris Kirby’s work ‘Fairy Falls’, have been in hot demand and the edition has been extended to 30 to keep up with demand.


The exhibition is open daily 28 February – 18 March. White Night on Saturday 14 March 6 – 10pm is sure to be a highlight of the exhibition so make sure you come along. More pictures from the opening and artist talks below. For more pictures and updates on the exhibition visit The Driving Force event page on Facebook.



Yonel Watene talks about his work ‘Estate No. 1’


Nicholas J Boyd (right – bearded fellow), with his self-portrait work (left)


Depot visitors enjoying a quiet ride in the Sash mobile.


Even Mia of Depot Artspace enjoyed a free ride!