John Reynolds: HEVN Not to Scale

31 August - 13 October 2002

John Reynolds, Kingdom Come 2001

John Reynolds has been a key figure in New Zealand painting since the early 1980s. Presented in Wellington for the first time, this selection of works brought together billboard sized wall works with recent small-scale, silver painted canvases collectively titled HEVN.

Characterised by lines and/or text scrawled across the canvas, Reynolds creates abstract, grid-like patterns or word-plays which are infused with humour and irony, and which reveal the artist’s interest in the ‘grand Christian narrative’. Works included in this exhibition, such as Kingdom Come (2001) and A Religion also a Religion (2001) are amongst his largest and offer multiple possibilities for interpretation.