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Artistic touch to be added to bus terminus

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Renowned Napier portrait and landscape artist Freeman White will use his artistic expertise to transform the Clive Square Bus Terminus building.Freeman White concept drawing for Clive Square Bus Terminus

He will begin working on Art Deco themed murals to decorate the building during January 2015, following the Napier City Council approving Freeman’s designs at the full council meeting held on 17 December.

The building is the first point of arrival for intercity bus travelers to and from Napier. Freeman was one of several artists approached by the Council to submit designs for the building. While he had done some street art, and he completed an Art Nouveau themed bus shelter in Aro (Wellington), his concept plans had more historical depth and authenticity to connect it to this city, he said, including having help accurately outfitting his figure models in costumes from the era from Lee-Ann Freeman and Linda Malone from Charleston Chic and Decorum.

“I’m a huge fan of heritage architecture and Art Deco so I wanted to incorporate some elements of Napier’s history.  There are also people here who are passionate about it so I want to acknowledge them too,” said Freeman. “This is by far the most significant public artwork commission I’ve embarked upon.”

Freeman, who grew up in rural Havelock North, recently made a permanent move back to Hawke’s Bay after basing himself in Wellington for 14 years. A Learning Connexion Honours student who went on to teach at the Wellington art institute, he won the Adam Portraiture Award in 2006 and has been on several international artists’ residencies.

More recently he has worked on The Hobbit blockbusters and hit Kiwi comedy What We Do in the Shadows, was guest artist for the Hawke’s Bay Charity Fine Wine and Art Auction fundraiser, and also donated a painting to the U-Turn Trust charitable auction.

18 December 2014

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