Profiles

David Corballis

I have painted in watercolour for a number of years, and have been a member of the Otago Art Society since the 1980s. I am a regular exhibitor at the Society, and have won Awards for my work.

I was president of the Society from 2004 till August of 2007, and remain on the Council, first as Immediate Past President, and now as a council member as well as an artist member. During my tenure as President, the OAS moved to its present site in the wonderful premises of the Dunedin Railway Station.

More recently I have painted in oils, focusing on views of and from the city and on landscapes in both media, largely in Otago. Both media are represented in this website. My watercolours are usually half (about 560 by 360mm) or quarter (260 by360mm) sheet size. Often smaller paintings can be popular. Sizes vary according to compositional factors, etc.

I have also done, and am very happy to do, commissions. Scenes, buildings, the family home. I have also done the occasional portraits, winning a prize for one at the Art Society.

My painitings are realism, and I am interested in the effect of light on the subject - different lighting and its effects on a landscape or city view interest me, and I find watercolour has its own ways of communicationg these effects.

Dunedin is a rewarding city for the artist. As a city it may not be large, but it does offer great variety and reflects so much of the history of New Zealand in its heritage and architecture. This latter point alone creates plenty of challenges as well as opportunities for the artist. The harbour, the hills and the weather provide a rich atmosphere.

I have sold my works locally, throughout the country and overseas. Besides exhibiting often at the Otago Art Society, I have works in other galleries. I am also a member of Watercolour New Zealand in Wellington.

I taught for many years at Otago Boys' High School as Head of English and Languages and with responsibilities in Drama. Art is another way of expressing myself!

To contact us, please email to:

d-p.corballis@xtra.co.nz