About the Artist
Kim Gabara was born in Canada and arrived in New Zealand in 1968 – working in television as a Producer/Director and doing freelance cartooning and illustrating for journals and magazines.
Since retiring and moving full-time to Marlborough (20 years in the tranquillity of Queen Charlotte Sound) he devoted his time to sculpting and painting. His sculptures involved ‘found’ objects’ discards, rusted things, flotsam and jetsam of the sea. These items take on new life and forms – ending up on feature walls or in landscape settings.
His acrylic paintings reflect his passion for the rustic nature of rural surroundings. Kim is fascinated with old character buildings and tumbledown structures – “If it’s leaning or broken or there’s rust involved I see a kind of magic, a reminder of history and changes that are brought to bear with the passing of time”, he says.
Of particular fascination are some of Marlborough’s many marvellous boatsheds. Each individual or cluster of sheds evokes in him feelings of rustic comfort. “They remind me of a group of old mates lounging comfortably on the foreshore simply gathering barnacles and rust as they quietly observe the passing marine parade. No two are the same – and each is perfectly suited to its little piece of paradise”.
His work has featured in two successful solo exhibitions at the ‘Oriel Gallery’ in Picton and has also appeared at Lochmara Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds. In addition he has been involved in a variety of other exhibitions in the Nelson/Marlborough area including a number of collaborative pieces with well known artists Bruce Fergus and Renate von Petersdorff.