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Jimmy James Kouratoras Solo Exhibition: The Classics

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Source: The Big Idea
17 Mar 2017 to 19 Mar 2017

Official opening: 6pm-9pm Friday 17th March

Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby Rd, Auckland

Jimmy James Kouratoras has always been fascinated by the characters created on the silver screen, and of course, those who fill their shoes. From stars like Humphrey Bogart and Greta Garbo to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the King of Fear himself Alfred Hitchcock, Kouratoras has created a fascinating series of portraits to explore the classic film makers, directors, actors and designers across a century.

His collection is bold, vibrant and striking and has his trademark pop colours. During the process he remarked, “Creating this series has been inspiring. I have had the opportunity to reflect back some of the most faces famous from the film industry but also, I’ve been able to delve deeper into their history, their story, their psyche.”

Fresh from a highly productive 2016 which saw him participate in three group exhibitions (one in Wellington and two in Auckland); create a mural outside Ponsonby Central, win the People’s Choice Award for the Brisbane Contemporary Art Prize 2016 and launch his own calendar with images of sold works in private collections around the world - Kouratoras is excited to showcase his latest solo at Ponsonby’s Sapphire Room.

Keeping in line with the Classics, Kouratoras is also excited to host renowned American playwright Glory Kadigan whose play When the Party’s Over will have a stage reading at 6.00pm prior to the exhibition formally opening. Based in New York Kadigan is the founder of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity  has presented 207 productions, 75 Staged Readings, 47 films and 67 bands over her six season. In her latest play Broadway actress Anna takes her mother Adriana on an Alaskan vacation in the hope of repairing their terse relationship. It’s “all aboard” as the ladies sail off, but Anna and the other passengers get more than they bargained for on their magical glacial adventure as Anna encounters ghosts from the past.

Considering the current political climate and the increasing rigidity on the freedom of expression, bans on the media and heightened bureaucracy Kouratoras believes it is important to be welcoming of artists from America so that ongoing exchange and collaboration can continue. The staged reading will be directed by Dione Joseph, writer, director and dramaturge and the first New Zealander to be accepted into the Lincoln Centre’s DirectorsLab (2014).

The play reading is free and open to the public with a small koha encouraged to support the actors. The exhibition will formally open at 7:30 and will include light refreshments.

For images, interviews and further information please contact:

Sam Ryan, Director of Colours...



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