Friday, May 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
Celebrated artist Owen Dippie (OD) and his wife Erin will be moving from Tauranga to Auckland soon and people get the opportunity to farewell them at a special evening organised by Night Owl Cinema held at the Tauranga Art Gallery on Friday, May 1.
The free event, which starts at 6.00pm with a presentation of OD’s artwork and a print sale, will be the first of the Night Owl Cinema winter series. A showing of The Radiant Child, a documentary on renowned New York City artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, will follow at 7.30pm.
OD is best known in Tauranga for the Larger Than Life project, which aims to create up to 15 huge artworks for the enjoyment of all residents of and visitors to Tauranga. Each large-scale mural is an ode to the arts, to culture and to the determination of the human spirit.
A well-known example of his work is the Goldie mural on the side of Broncos Sports in Willow St, and his most recent work in the series is the 27m-tall recreation of the Birth of Venus on Harrington House.
Before moving to Auckland, Owen and Erin will spend three months in America. It’s Owen’s fifth trip to the States and he has several jobs lined up, mainly in Los Angeles and New York.
Owen, who said he would rather leave his mark on this world than simply exist in it, believes Auckland will be a better fit for him and Erin because it’s bigger, and that will bring them better opportunities.
The Tauranga Art Gallery is expecting a full house for Friday's event and everyone is welcome, but seating is limited.
We can fit in around 300 people in total, with no more than 100 seated. We’d hate to turn people away but full is full so please come early if you don’t want to miss this great event.
What: Celebrating OD with Night Owl Cinema
When: Friday, May 1, starting at 6.00pm
Where: Tauranga Art Gallery, Cnr Wharf & Willow St
Screening: The Radiant Child at 7:30pm
Cost: Free entry (limited capacity). Cash bar