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DESCRIPTIONART+OBJECTs final sale of the 2012 auction calendar will comprise of a small and tightly-focussed offering of Twentieth and Twenty First Century paintings, photographs and sculpture. The auction follows on from the record-breaking Les and Milly Paris Collection auction in September, which is now the most successful art auction in New Zealand history.
6161IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ARTIMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART27 NOVEMBER 201227 NOVEMBER 2012AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 1 13/11/12 7:01 PMWelcome to A+Os final Important Paintings and Contemporary Art catalogue of 2012. This catalogue comes in the aftermath of the most successful art auction in New Zealand history, The Les and Milly Paris Collection offered in September of this year was in effect a half century love affair with contemporary New Zealand art. Whilst the auction results were quite extraordinary and included new records for numerous New Zealand artists, the overriding theme of the collection and the contribution made by Les and Milly Paris to New Zealands visual arts discourse revealed the vital role that committed collectors can play within this conversation.Over the course of the pre-auction exhibitions held by ART+OBJECT in Wellington and Auckland the A+O team met literally thousands of New Zealanders who are passionate about the art of this country. So many visitors recalled their own personal connection to individual works in the Les and Milly Paris Collection, many of which had been exhibited over the years in public galleries testimony to the generosity of the Paris family in sharing their collection with the nation.The new owners of works from the Paris Collection now share a direct link to the tradition of contemporary art collecting that in large measure Les and Milly helped to establish in New Zealand.This catalogue includes numerous significant works that reveal the strength and diversity of the art of Aotearoa. It is our hope that these works may form the beginnings of fascinating collections that will move this conversation forward in new and interesting directions.The A+O team would like to thank all our clients and friends for their support in 2012 our most successful year to date. In the introduction section of the catalogue you will see some of the exciting 2013 catalogues we have planned. Over the course of the viewing for this catalogue we hope to see you and perhaps enjoy a glass of Seresin wine to toast the artists and collectors that enrich our lives.ART+OBJECT3 Abbey Street Newton AucklandPO Box 68 345 Newton Auckland 1145Telephone: +64 9 354 4646 Freephone: 0 800 80 60 01 Facsimile: +64 9 354 firstname.lastname@example.org www.artandobject.co.nzFront & back covers:Tony FomisonFrom the Theodore A. Xaras Cover of Time Magazine, Issue for 18. 1. 71oil on hessian on wood, 1973lot 522AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 2 13/11/12 7:01 PMRolls-Royce Motor Cars Auckland, 11-15 Great South Road, PO Box 9718, Newmarket, Auckland Tel: +64 9 969 3350 Fax: +64 9 969 3354 www.rolls-roycemotorcars-auckland.com Copyright Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited 2012. The Rolls-Royce name and logo are registered trademarks.Phantom Coup What will your inspiration be?Inspired by pioneer aviator and co-founder of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Charles Stewart Rolls, the Phantom Coup Aviator Collection uses specially commissioned paintwork, saddle leather footmats and an aviation grade Thommen clock to epitomise the golden age of flight. From the smallest detail to the boldest statement, there really is no limit to what can be achieved with Rolls-Royce Bespoke.Choose your inspiration. Experience a car with endless possibilities; a car bespoke to you.AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 3 13/11/12 7:01 PMTHE LES THE LES AND AND MILLY MILLY PARIS PARIS COLLEC-COLLEC-TIONTION119% sold by value119% sold by value91% sold by volume91% sold by volumeSale total $4 650 000Sale total $4 650 000AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 4 13/11/12 7:01 PMPh 0800 898 181CONSULTING +PRIVATE CLIENTLEwww.covisory.comCovisory Partners offers independent generational succession advice. We work closely with you to put the necessary structures in place so you can exit your family business, or hand over your family trust with confidence when the time is right.Intergenerational art ownership is just one of many challenges you may need to address. Is that something you should plan for now, or later?AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 5 13/11/12 7:01 PMThe Maori and Oceanic Art catalogue features a collection of cloaks and kete, fi shhooks, toki, Solomon Island pieces, superior folk art and a pair of large and important Tene Waitere carved fi gural boards formerly from the collection of the Buried Village, Te Wairoa in Rotorua.The Rare Books catalogue includes a fi ne selection of early colonial photography including albums of 19th century Whanganui River and Maori scenes, a Burton Bros. album of 19th century Auckland images and a grouping of Clutha River gold dredge photographs by W. Esquilant. Also a fi rst edition of Cooks Second Voyage and early New Zealand maps inc. a very rare and fi ne example of the Baylys chart dated 1772.The Balneavis ArchiveLieut. Colonel Henry Colin Balneavis (1818 1876). H. C. Balneavis arrived in New Zealand as an offi cer of the 58th Regiment shortly after the sack of Kororareka in 1845. He was present at the assault on Ruapekapeka in 1846 where he commanded the advance picket. His personal archive and journal includes original artworks by John Gilfi llan, Joseph Jenner Merrett and Cuthbert Clarke as well as extremely rare plans of the Ruapekapeka fi ghting Pa and important documents relating to the Whanganui confl ict in 1847.John Gilfi llanWar Dancegraphite on papertitle inscribed, signed and dated 1847160 x 305mmMaori and Oceanic Art, Rare Books and Photographs6 December 2012AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 6 13/11/12 7:01 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 7 13/11/12 7:01 PMNew Collectors Art21 February 2013Entries invited until January 25th20th Century DesignMarch 2013Further entries invitedPaul Kafka (Australia 1907 1972)A fi ne mid-century marquetry sideboard in pear wood and fi ddle back maple.W.2700mm$10 000 $15 000Contact:James Parkinsonjames@artandobject.co.nz09 354 4646021 222 8184Robin WhiteHarbour Cone from Hoopers Inletscreenprint, 8/75title inscribed and signed460 x 460mmProvenance: Private collection, Central Otago.$6000 $8000Contact:Leigh Melvilleleigh@artandobject.co.nz09 354 4646021 406 676AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 8 13/11/12 7:01 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 9 13/11/12 7:01 PMAsian & Decorative ArtsMarch 2013A famille rose green ground oval shaped tea tray seal mark and period of Jiaqing (1797) Provenance: From the collection of Rex Jennings $4000 $8000The sale will be our most important to date and will feature the Solan Chan collection of Chinese ceramics and furniture, a large private collection of Peking glass and the largest collection of Chinese export ware and ceramics to be offered in NZ. The catalogue will also include fine Japanese pieces including the Ann Matheson collection and a superb collection of Japanese boxes from the Rex Jennings collection. Further entries invited.Contact:James Parkinsonjames@artandobject.co.nz09 354 4646021 222 8184Giulia RodighieroAsian Art Specialistgiulia@artandobject.co.nz09 354 4646AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 10 13/11/12 7:01 PMR58 Italian for beautiful espressofind out more therocket.co.nzAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 11 13/11/12 7:01 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 12 13/11/12 7:01 PMAuctionTuesday 27 November 2012 at 6.30pm ART+OBJECT, 3 Abbey Street, Newton, AucklandOpening PreviewWednesday 21 November 2012 from 6.00 8.00pmViewingThursday 22 November 9.00am 5.30pm Friday 23 November 9.00am 5.30pm Saturday 24 November 11.00am 4.00pm Sunday 25 November 11.00am 4.00pm Monday 26 November 9.00am 5.30pm Tuesday 27 November 9.00am 1.00pmImportant Paintings and Contemporary ArtAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 13 13/11/12 7:01 PM1Bill Hammond Lets Twist Again like We Did Last Summermixed media and found objects title inscribed 385 x 120 x 113mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.$2500 $40003Glen Hayward If the world were an orange it would be too smallacrylic and pine, 2004 70 x 77 x 77mmProvenance: Purchased by the current owner from COCA, Christchurch in 2004.$1000 $20003aet al.Studies for Apology 1 8ink, acrylic, cellophane and nails on 7 found books title inscribed and variously inscribed 155 x 95 x 22mm: each 155 x 965 x 22mm: installation size variableProvenance: from the estate of Bill Cocker.$5000 $80002Bill Hammond Untitled Rocking Horsewood, two parts 252 x 270 x 62mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.$1500 $2500A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 14AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 14 13/11/12 7:01 PM4Allen Maddox Lozengeoil on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 96 verso 910 x 910mmProvenance: Private collection, Dunedin.$13 000 $18 0006Julian Dashper 66/99 A Painting in Three Partsacrylic on canvas in three found frames signed and dated 1990 and inscribed 66/99 verso1055 x 2040mm: installation size variableProvenance: Private collection, Wellington. Purchased from Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.$6500 $95005Peter Madden Dear Rosefound images and objects, acrylic and wood signed and dated 2005 520 x 400 x 350mm$6000 $8000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 15AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 15 13/11/12 7:01 PM7Gordon Walters Kapitiscreenprint, 48/75 title inscribed, signed and dated 84 540 x 406mmIllustrated: William McAloon, Gordon Walters: Prints + Design (Wellington, 2004), p. 34.$6500 $85009Pat Hanly Torso Gscreenprint, 3/20 title inscribed, signed and dated 85 695 x 592mm$3000 $500010Peter Stichbury Heather Traymontgiclee print, edition of 50 signed and dated 05 578 x 480mm$3500 $50008Gordon Walters Untitledscreenprint, 10/25 signed and dated 18.10.1995 550 x 412mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.Illustrated: William McAloon, Gordon Walters: Prints + Design(Wellington, 2004), p. 35.$2500 $4000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 16AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 16 13/11/12 7:01 PM11Barry Lett Dogcast bronze, 1/10 signed and dated 03 600 x 600 x 185mm$7000 $10 00012Paul Dibble Soft Geometric Study Curledcast bronze, 2/3 signed and dated 2008 480 x 520 x 220mm$10 000 $15 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 17AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 17 13/11/12 7:01 PM13Toss Woollaston Eruaink and wash on paper, circa 1966 signed with artists monogram 598 x 773mm$6000 $800014Toss Woollaston Harley Road, Tasmanwatercolour signed and dated 75; title inscribed verso 253 x 350mm$4000 $600015Bill Hammond Fish Finder I, II, IIIset of three lithographs, 14/45 title inscribed, signed and dated 2002 570 x 455mm: each 570 x 1365mm: overall$10 000 $15 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 18AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 18 13/11/12 7:01 PM16Emily Siddell Starlight Leiglass 630 x 450 x 100mmProvenance: Purchased by the current owner from F. H. E Galleries, Auckland.$3500 $500018Guy Ngan Untitledcast bronze on stone plinth signed and dated 1984 200 x 200 x 215mm$15 000 $25 00017Guy Ngan No. 113cast bronze on stone plinth signed and dated 1980 100 x 75 x 75mm$2000 $4000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 19AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 19 13/11/12 7:01 PM19Colin McCahon Rosegardensynthetic polymer paint on card, circa 1974 original signed letter of provenance from the second owner affixed verso 210 x 156mmReference:Gordon H. Brown, Colin McCahon: Artist(Wellington, 1984), pp. 178 181.Provenance:Gifted by the artist to Rodney Kennedy, Dunedin in late 1974.Gifted by Rodney Kennedy to the previous owner in June 1985.Private collection, Dunedin.$20 000 $30 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 20AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 20 13/11/12 7:01 PM20Gretchen Albrecht Red Cloud over Land and Seaacrylic on canvas signed and dated 74; title inscribed, signed and dated verso 1472 x 1170mmProvenance: Private collection, Hawkes Bay.$30 000 $40 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 21AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 21 13/11/12 7:01 PM21A. Lois White Untitled The Batherswatercolour certificate of authenticity signed by the artists niece, Alison Disbrowe affixed verso 255 x 203mm$8000 $12 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 22AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 22 13/11/12 7:01 PM22A. Lois White The Pied Piper of Hamlynvarnished watercolour on card accompanied by letter of authenticity from Nicola Green, author of By the Waters of Babylon: The Art of A. Lois White (Auckland Art Gallery, 1993)520 x 825mmProvenance: Gifted by the artist to the current owners grandmother and thence passed by descent to the current owner.$25 000 $35 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 23AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 23 13/11/12 7:01 PM23Michael Smither French Farm, Banks Peninsulaoil on board title inscribed, signed and dated June/July/August 1972 and signed and dated by Peter McLeavey, 19/10/72 verso 542 x 612mmProvenance: Private collection, Wellington.$25 000 $40 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 24AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 24 13/11/12 7:01 PM24Ann Robinson Puka Vasecast glass signed and dated 1997 and inscribed 1/1635 x 170 x 170mm$22 000 $28 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 25AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 25 13/11/12 7:01 PM25Peter Siddell Untitled Auckland Landscapeoil on board signed and dated 1974 1363 x 980mmProvenance: Private collection, Wellington.$65 000 $85 000The term realism has always proved to be one of the most elastic in the context of discussing art and in particular the work of Peter Siddell (1935-2011). His highly detailed paintings of the inner suburbanscape of Auckland are most frequently described as realist on account of their highly accurate renderings of the architecture, streetscapes and topography of a place that can be articulated geographically as residing within the suburbs of Mt.Eden, Mt.Albert, One Tree Hill, Ponsonby and environs. Siddells depictions of the villas and gardens of these green and pleasant locales are most often described as realist. It is a realism dripping, however, with layers of memory and the filters of nostalgia; at best it is a fond realism. Siddells remembrances of things past evoke the post-colonial, post Edwardian, post-depression era of the artists 1940s childhood. As a paperboy tearing about the empty streets of early morning Auckland the young Siddell accumulated literally thousands of visual references that emerged decades later in works such as Untitled Auckland Landscape. Siddells work at its best reflects the conflation of the past with the present: today is tomorrows yesterday and so on. The Auckland of the past in the artists hands is as much a land of fantasy as the future; our hopes, dreams and fears have equal licence to be expressed in both realms. Although almost always emptied of people, human emotions curl about and inform every balcony, cypress and pathway of a Siddell painting: the endless variations on the theme of the suburban villa symbolize our human diversity and the tensions between the individual and community.Siddells early 1970s works such as Girl at Gate dated 1971 in fact featured emblematic figures in the foreground. He soon however began to remove these figures as he felt they added an implied set of relationships and narratives at odds with his desire to reach his images into a more ambiguous time and space. By clearing the people out of his paintings Siddell lets the viewer into this world. As a city obsessed with real estate Auckland becomes in his hands one great open home. We can venture unchecked cross the threshold into the private property of our neighbours front lawn and hallway. Our communal experiences of these spaces are understood as a kind of public property. It is this essential humanity that sits at the heart of Siddells work, articulated via a shared architectural consciousness. The intersection of these private/public realms evokes the strong sensation of burnished memories at once deeply personal and universal in a world-famous in New Zealand fashion that gives a work such as Untitled Auckland Landscape a far deeper and long lasting resonance than that afforded by a realist depiction.Few New Zealand artists have managed to hit this sweetspot. By focussing on where we live and who we are Siddell engages with an artistic whakapapa that includes John Kinder, the Burton Bros, Felix Kelly and Rita Angus. Untitled Auckland Landscape is an exemplar of Siddells rare ability to communicate that the passage of time is perhaps the greatest mystery of all.Hamish ConeyA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 26AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 26 13/11/12 7:01 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 27 13/11/12 7:01 PM26Ralph Hotere The Middle East Connectionacrylic on canvas in original frame signed and dated Port Chalmers IX 90; title inscribed, signed and dated verso 905 x 804mm: including frame 710 x 608mm: excluding frame$45 000 $65 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 28AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 28 13/11/12 7:01 PM27Shane Cotton Land of the Long White Cloudacrylic on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 2012 1000 x 1500mm$45 000 $65 000The proceeds from the sale of this painting are being donated by the artist to Cure Kids, Child Health Research Foundation (www.curekids.org.nz). Over the last 30 years Cure Kids has dedicated millions of dollars to funding medical research for children with life-threatening illnesses.This painting is donated with the support of the Cotton family, Michael Lett and Art+Object. 29A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary ArtAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 29 13/11/12 7:01 PM28Ralph Hotere Painting 77 Koputaiacrylic and lacquer on board title inscribed, signed and dated Port Chalmers 77 and inscribed B. L. G Cat No. 14 verso2400 x 1200mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$130 000 $180 000The impact of Ralph Hoteres move south to live and work in the small settlement of Port Chalmers on the Otago Peninsula was a profound one. Those fortunate enough to be in close contact with the artists works after his Frances Hodgkins fellowship in 1969 will know just how many are inscribed, alongside the date, Port Chalmers, as if the place in which they were created is of equal weight to the time in which they were produced. His small but incredibly sophisticated early 1970s Port Chalmers series made the subject of his art of this period even more explicit. Koputai is the Maori name for Port Chalmers and is stenciled boldly across the bottom left hand side of the exquisitely lacquered and highly-polished surface of this painting. The name is purported to have come from an incident in the area in which the tide rose unduly and beached canoes were set adrift. Conceived in the same year as the Godwit/Kuaka mural, currently on view at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tmaki, Koputai shares many of the same concerns with the major mural. Foremost among these is the lofty attempt to create an experience beyond just the merely optical, to evoke in a painting associations and feelings beyond the aesthetic to include literature, music and dance as well as historical and socio-political concerns, all of which the artist was becoming increasingly more engaged with as a result of his fellowship at the University of Otago and growing familiarity with the local region and its history. Koputai is the site in which Hotere in subsequent decades from his 1969 shift south consistently rummaged, dredged, mined, refined, extrapolated and brought darkness into light through an extraordinary body of painting. Unlike so much high modernism however, Hoteres paintings gain their ongoing heft not through being recondite and hermetic, but rather through their generosity. By their very nature, the highly-reflective and alluring surface of Koputai incorporates the viewer into the work, capturing and recording their movements and gaze and thereby making them central to any message, meaning and reading of the painting. Ben PlumblyA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 30AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 30 13/11/12 7:01 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 31 13/11/12 7:01 PM29Michael Parekowhai Portait of Elmer Keith No. 1type C print, edition of 10 (2004) original Michael Lett label affixed verso 1250 x 1012mmProvenance: Private collection, Dunedin.$12 000 $18 00030Gavin Hipkins The Romance: Totaranui (Boat)type C print, edition of 3 (2006) 1600 x 1000mmProvenance: Purchased by the current owner from Starkwhite, Auckland in 2007.$6000 $9000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 32AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 32 13/11/12 7:01 PM32Laurence Aberhart Taranaki from Oeo Road under Moonlight, 27 28 September 1999gold and selenium-toned gelatin silver print 175 x 245mm$4500 $700031Laurence Aberhart Aparima Estuary, Riverton, Southland, 25 February 1999.gold and selenium-toned gelatin silver print title inscribed, signed and dated 1999 and inscribed No. 1210 x 275mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.$3500 $550033Michael Parekowhai Pat Covert, Elmer Keith, Ed Brown (from the Beverley Hills Gun Club)type C prints, triptych (each print 10/10) original Michael Lett labels affixed verso 440 x 540mm: each print 440 x 1620mm: overall$10 000 $15 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 33AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 33 13/11/12 7:01 PM34Michael Smither Hapuka Head on Plateoil on board signed with artists initials M. D. Sand dated 79; original Govett-Brewster Gallery, Michael Smither The Wonder Years, Janne Land Gallery, and John Leech Gallery labels all affixed verso Provenance:From the collection of Les and Milly Paris.Exhibited:Michael Smither An Introduction, Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, 1984.Michael Smither The Wonder Years, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 19 February 6 June 2006.$45 000 $65 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 34AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 34 13/11/12 7:01 PM35Philip Clairmont Kimono in a Wardrobeoil and collage on hessian on board signed with artists initials P. C. Tand dated 76; original Janne Land blindstamp applied verso 1740 x 915mm$28 000 $37 000AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 35 13/11/12 7:01 PM36Pat Hanly Pacific Conditionenamel on board title inscribed, signed and dated 76 445 x 445mm$15 000 $22 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 36AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 36 13/11/12 7:01 PM37Bill Hammond Untitledink and wash and bodycolour on paper signed and dated 1990 645 x 500mm$12 000 $16 00038Shane Cotton Hopa 1:7acrylic on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 1997 380 x 760mmProvenance: Private collection, Wellington.$20 000 $30 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 37AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 37 13/11/12 7:01 PM39Brett Whiteley (Australia, 1939 1992) Drawing a Man Drinking from the Christie Murder seriesmixed media and collage on paper title inscribed and dated 18 June 65 and inscribed this could be whiter547 x 438mmProvenance: From the estate of Bill Cocker. Originally gifted by the artist to his mother Beryl Whitley who, in turn, gifted it to Bill Cocker, circa 1980.$8000 $12 00040Jeffrey Harris Inside a Churchoilpastel, gouache and oil on paper signed and dated 3 1 70; title inscribed, signed and dated verso 432 x 690mm$3000 $5000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 38AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 38 13/11/12 7:01 PM41Mervyn Williams Like Fireacrylic on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 95 verso 980 x 830mm$8000 $12 00042Roy Good Octagon Ringacrylic on shaped canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 1972/09 verso 1200 x 1200mm$6000 $8000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 39AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 39 13/11/12 7:02 PM43Allen Maddox Self Portrait with Crookoil on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 94 verso 1825 x 1218mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$25 000 $35 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 40AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 40 13/11/12 7:02 PM44Dick Frizzell Pascoid Tiki No. 3oil on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 1/9/2000 603 x 603mmIllustrated: Dick Frizzell: The Painter(Random House, 2009), p. 215.Provenance: Private collection, Australia.$25 000 $35 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 41AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 41 13/11/12 7:02 PM45Bill Hammond Modern Dayacrylic on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 1991 700 x 1000mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$45 000 $65 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 42AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 42 13/11/12 7:02 PM46Gordon Walters Untitledacrylic on canvas signed and dated1991 verso 510 x 407mmProvenance: Private collection, Christchurch.$30 000 $40 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 43AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 43 13/11/12 7:02 PM47Allen Maddox Untitledoil on unstretched canvas, circa 1976 1000 x 960mmProvenance:From the artists estate.Purchased by the current owner from Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland.$20 000 $30 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 44AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 44 13/11/12 7:02 PM48Allen Maddox Untitled Gridoil on paper signed with artists initials A. M and dated 15. 7. 76 820 x 895mm$8000 $12 00049Allen Maddox Untitledoil on cotton laid onto canvas 430 x 430mm$6000 $9000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 45AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 45 13/11/12 7:02 PM50Peter Stichbury Libertyacrylic on linen title inscribed, signed and dated 2001 and inscribed (The Hip Squad) verso607 x 506mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.Exhibited:The Young Pleasure Seekers, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, 2001.The Alumni: Peter Stichbury, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, 12 July 21 September, 2008, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 29 November 22 February, 2009.Illustrated: Emma Bugden and Hilary Stichbury (eds), Peter Stichbury: The Alumni (Auckland, 2010), p. 71.Art News New Zealand, Spring, 2008, cover.Art World, October November 2008, p.55.$35 000 $50 000I recall several visits to the Anna Bibby Gallery in 2000 to visit the exhibition from which Liberty was purchased. Peter Stichbury had quickly established himself as an artist to watch and all the works from the exhibition entitled The Hip Squad quickly found themselves new homes. At that time, portraiture seemed a brave and surprising step for the artist to take. New Zealand collectors have not traditionally embraced the portrait as a subject, especially not when the sitter is unknown or in fact, fictional. Whilst the characters that inhabit Stichburys portraits may be fictional, they frequently remind us of someone or something. Liberty brings to mind the quintessential British It Girl, complete with delicate porcelain skin, fine features and perfectly groomed blonde hair. With a name like that, she will surely be smiling benignly at us from the pages of Bystander in the next issue of Tatler magazine, champagne glass in hand as she scouts the room for a hedge fund trader to call her own. With all that perfection in front of us, Stichbury seems to encourage the viewer to question what lurks beneath the surface of his exquisitely formed paintings. While some examples exhibit characteristics that are obviously disquieting; a black eye, a facial scratch, ill-fitting glasses or crooked teeth, the glamour portraits leave it to us to question is beauty really only skin deep and how good will our It girl heroine look tomorrow without all that makeup on?Perhaps what has captured the attention of collectors are the references to our time. The portraits are like a snapshot of what is considered beautiful and acceptable by a generation that have embraced perfection like no other. Plastic surgery, personal trainers and cosmetic dentistry are just a few of the myriad of options available to consumers in their quest for acceptance and the mark of success. Stichburys glamour portraits reflect how some might like to be seen. For others they may be a reminder of a time that thankfully has passed, when heroine chic ruled the catwalks and fashion was only for the under 20s.Image aside, the greatest achievement of the artist may be in creating paintings that are beautifully rendered, with a life much longer than the fashionable attitudes they represent.Leigh Melville A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 46AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 46 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 47 13/11/12 7:02 PM51Don Binney Under Moehau IIacrylic and oil on canvas signed and dated 2002 2003 1100 x 1570mmProvenance:Private collection, Auckland.Exhibited:Don Binney: 96 06, Artis Gallery, Auckland, 7 March 1 April 2007.$70 000 $100 000Looking across the waters of the Hauraki Gulf towards the Coromandel, Moehau stretches across the skyline like a distant mountain rangesilver-blue and mysterious, treading water far out beyond the the inner islands, Great and Little Barrier. It invites layers of mythology: Moehau is the sleeping giant Te Moengahau-o-Tamatekapua, or the windy sleeping place of the Te Arawa Canoe helmsman Tamatekapua. How often have we gazed across an iconic body of New Zealand water towards a thin sliver of landscape on the horizon and felt comfort from the familiarity of that sliver? Moehau stands distant across the Hauraki; so too Rangitoto stands across the Hauraki; Harbour Cone stands across Otago Harbour; Anchor Island graces the entrance to Dusky Sound. On the Hauraki, to stare out into the middle distance is to invite a slow time where past and future interlock in the present moment. This is more than a comfort zone. It is a timelessness that captures us, calling on how History was actioned there. In an instant, land and culture become intertwined in an ongoing understanding of the mythologies of a past Maori life. Don Binneys Moehau rises to the music of the snake charmer, shimmering, larger than life, larger than optical perspective should allowjust like Rangitoto or Harbour Cone, it is imprinted on our New Zealand identities. This large oil is tellingly titled Under Moehau II, so that all the territory that lies beneath this shimmering sliver is being referred to: the iconic New Zealandness; the Maori mythology and its direct symbiosis with place; the longing gaze across the water; and the suspension of time in the present moment. Binney builds his painting on this timelessness. Where the wind is upbeat, the waters of the Hauraki glisten with an oily texture that befalls to calm in the middle distance. He renders passages of high and low texture making the surface of the painting luscious and beguiling. Always, the water is reflecting a sky full of light where the form of the clouds is elusive, unassuming, yet poised with a beautiful simplicity. This is the heat of his art: he paints the simple lines of understanding of a committed conservationist, of one who cares deeply for the landscape and its creatures. (Don Binney was a patron of Hauturu, the Little Barrier Supporters Trust caring for the islands endangered species and the sustainability of its natural communities.)That Binney segues beauty, mythology, sustainability into a tactile landscape painting is testament to his acute observation of the environment and his unique vision as an artist. Yes, in Under Moehau II, he paints the silver of the distant Timelords dream, but the attendant islands are foregrounded in dense scrub rises, and falls of cleared land, glittering and defined in the Haurakis light. His eye has tracked this skyline for many decades. He knows these islands. This is the New Zealand that he famously peopled with birds. Moehau is a landscape that will go on, sustained, unbroken, as a living testament to New Zealand identity.Peter James SmithA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 48AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 48 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 49 13/11/12 7:02 PM52Michael Parekowhai Seldom is Herd (doe)fibreglass and automotive paint, edition of 4 (2009) 1150 x 1100 x 80mmExhibited:The Moment of Cubism, Michael Lett, Auckland, 27 November 2009 23 January 2010.Provenance:Purchased by the current owner from Michael Lett, Auckland in January 2010.Private collection, South Island.$35 000 $45 000One of the distinguishing aspects of Michael Parekowhais practice for over twenty years has been the deployment of animals as metaphor. Rabbits, sparrows, seals, elephants, chickens and at this years Venice Biennale the vast cast bronze bulls of his work On First Looking into Chapmans Homer advance a thesis in which the role of human conceptual thinking can be best interpreted by our animal brethren.Recently Parekowhai was in the news in Australia where his mammoth bronze sculptural installation The World Turns was awarded the Premier of Queenslands Sculpture Commission to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Gallery of Modern Art in December 2011 and 20 years of the Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art in 2012. The World Turns consists of a vast upended elephant terrified by a native Kuril water rat. As trumpets of protest echoed across the Tasman at the cost of the work and the selection of New Zealand artist as winner of the commission Parekowhai elegantly summed up his reasoning for the work, The Kuril is the real elephant in the room. It is the Kuril who is the caretaker and who is responsible for upending this elephant with its cultural and intellectual weight.The elephant in this case takes the form of an upended bookend albeit at lifesize. Seldom is Herd from 2009 also utilizes the bookend at scale - an elegant milky-white doe. The reference to quaint ceramic bookends in this work operates on a similar metaphoric plane to its elephantine cousin: the unshackling of acculturated control of knowledge.In freeing up the bookend from the books and untethering the animal from its domesticated position on the bookshelf or library Parekowhai playfully lets the animals loose to play a more dynamic role and assume their natural scale.To produce these works Parekowhai enrols a raft of production technologies to reproduce the pristine surfaces and presentation of the original base models. Seldom is Herd has all the silky smoothness of perfectly glazed decorative porcelain. Such items were popular from the 1920s to the 1950s and are still collectable to this day. At over a metre in height Parekowhais gentle doe speaks to ideas explored by a number of contemporary artists, namely the fetish of the consumer object. In this beguiling space Parekowhai shares kinship with high profile artists such as Jeff Koons and his chromed balloon figures and Takashi Murakamis lifesize toys and figurines. All these artists present their sculptures as perfect doppelgangers of existing forms, mostly from the mayfly lifespan of pop-culture ephemera. Koons helium balloon sculptures and Murakamis Anime figures seek to memorialize the nano-second lifecycle of trash icons plucked from the obscurity of fast moving consumer culture. Parekowhai finds his forms from middlebrow domestic sculpture such as bookends, kitset models and Mattel-era action figures.All share the deadpan collegiality of the mass-produced and soon to be obsolete. These plastic actors began life to satisfy a price-point and a consumer niche. In the case of Koons and Murakami that niche is pretty banal: toyshop and fairground product. Parekowhais found objects hail from from an earlier and pre-internet bric-a-brac era and their lost/found in translation transformation brings more to the table than $2 shop tat. Artists such as Koons, Murakami and Damien Hirst create gold-plated or chromed whoppers specifically aimed at a market of hedge-fund warriors, oil sheiks and Russian oligarchs. Art for football team owners. Not so much a critique of consumerism as an homage.Where Parekowhai departs company from such drollery is in the conceptual base that underpins works such as Seldom is Herd. His use of animal actors be they in taxidermy or bookend form sits inside a conversation about diversity in the animal kingdom, within which we are but a player. Their use as metaphor facilitates a revitalized and at times puckish dialogue about identity and freedom and asks us to throw off the yokes of cultural, ethnic and economic determinism.Hamish ConeyA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 50AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 50 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 51 13/11/12 7:02 PM53Tony Fomison From the Theodore A. Xaras Cover of Time Magazine, Issue for 18. 1. 71oil on hessian on wood in artists original frame title inscribed, signed and dated 4. 2. 73 14. 2. 73 and inscribed Second Version; title inscribed, signed and dated verso 377 x 368mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.Reference: Ian Wedde (ed), Fomison: What Shall We Tell Them? (City Gallery, Wellington, 1994), Catalogue No. 140.$55 000 $75 000The Time issue for 18 January 1971 featured a grim cover illustration by Philadelphia painter Theodore A. Xaras, commissioned to accompany an article on the U.S. prison system. Xaras image, in subdued tones, showed a prisoners face with drawn, haunted-looking features, peering resignedly from behind a grid of flat metal bars, studded with peculiar pyramidal bosses. The fingers of one hand appeared at the bottom right of Xaras image, grasping the bars and protruding into the extreme foreground in a profoundly emblematic gesture. Xaras treatment was very much in the Caravaggesque vein, and would have appealed greatly to Fomison who was working in very similar territory himself, both stylistically and thematically. Fomison made a series of images relating to imprisonment in the 1970s. He painted Xaras Time image at least twice. This, the second version, was exhibited in the quite extraordinary Christchurch Group Show at the Canterbury Society of Arts in 1973, along with a closely related Rueful Prisoner, Second Version 1973. In all Fomison contributed nine works to the 73 Group Show, including a Resurrection after Bellini 1967; a From Fra Angelico, Icon, First Version 1973; and a Second Copy of Messinas Salvator Mundi 1972. These titles and their grouping in the show give a sense of Fomisons intense engagement with art history at this important point in his development. Especially interesting in these works is the way Fomison edited his sources, with the objective of intensifying an essence or effect that he found particularly compelling in the original. In the case of this study after Xaras, Fomison has quite radically cropped the original image, excising most of the protruding fingers and reducing the prisoners face to such an obscured, shadowy presence that almost all that remains is the haunted expression in the eyes. At the same time he has restored Xaras Time magazine-sized illustration to a full-scale painting, giving the image back much of what it must have lost in translation from original painting to printed cover. Xaras was relatively fresh out of art school himself when he received the Time commission. He went on to paint an epic series of historical American Railroad images, generally known as The Age of Steam, which have been reproduced almost ad infinitum in popular prints and collectible ceramic plates. Xaras talent for painting the look and feel of metal, and his fairly heavy-handed approach, were qualities that suited him well to painting a prison image. These qualities have been carefully absorbed and amplified to a remarkable pitch of brooding intensity in Fomisons version. Fomison has used a very heavy grade of hessian for the support, on which the thickly applied oil paint has congealed like ordure or blood. Yet the surface is beautifully sealed, giving a sense of hermetic isolation to the image fixed in the sticky pigment. The finishing touch is the marvelous demolition timber frame, with corners abutted rather than mitred, made by Fomison himself. Oliver SteadA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 52AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 52 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 53 13/11/12 7:02 PM54Michael Smither Harry and Sarah at Breakfast with Jam Potoil on board signed and inscribed reworked from 1965 version signed M. D Smither 65 under M. D Smither 74 in case of confusion verso; title printed on artists original catalogue label affixed verso 911 x 660mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$100 000 $150 000This is a painting of light as much as it is a painting of a mother and child. In a beautiful synthesis of execution and content Smither creates a very classical image in which references and allusions to the highest achievements of European painting abound. Yet the really magical aspect of the work is the almost forensic realisation of the brilliant sunlight, entering through the unseen kitchen window, as it picks out the details of this amusing domestic scene. The light has a definite presence and personality of its own in the image, because its behaviour and character have been so carefully documented by the artist. We can observe this loving attention in so many little details for example the slight reflections of the bowls on the bench behind the figures, the translucency of the large empty bottle which finds its subtle rhyme in the mothers translucent chemise revealing the suggestion of perfect breasts; the way the shadows cast by the kitchen things soften the further away they are from the light source - from the hard lines thrown across the tablecloth by the jam jar to the more smudgy shadows cast by the plate and open book. The effect of this strong natural light is to both reveal and simplify forms, removing some details and revealing others, enabling the artist to concentrate attention on the essential geometry of the objects in a charming combination of still life and portraiture. Ironically, despite the wealth of intensely naturalistic observations contained in the work, there are also several pronounced anti-naturalistic features, for example the exaggeration of curves and angles in the mothers arms and hands, suggesting the multiple movements required to complete the simple breakfast routine. Highlighted in this way the busy attitude of her arms, and the long extension of her thumb over the piece of toast, are at odds with the rather blankly disengaged, far-away look in her eyes, suggestive of tiredness or ennui. In turn, the mothers glazed expression is contrasted with the look of ruthlessly focused intent on the face of the child as it fixes its gaze on the expected food, its little hands, claw-like, digging with impatient, sharply outlined fingers into the white table cloth, making creases which reveal the soft texture of the material. Here we can see the forensic nature of Smithers vision at work, exploring and precisely calculating the reflective qualities of a variety of materials and surfaces. Another example of this science is the amazing rendering of the mothers hair, right down to individual strands. A further twist of irony is concealed in the works title: Harry is in fact the painters wife, poet Elizabeth Smither, ne Harrington; Sarah is their daughter.Smithers domestic paintings of the 1960s established him as a master of figurative painting, a virtuoso both fluent and inventive. In bringing an acute awareness of the classical tradition to very mundane and highly localized depictions of New Zealand family life he was far ahead of most of his contemporaries who embraced the need for a localized imagery but lacked his knowledge, comprehension, and fluency in practice. The fact that he returned to rework this image in 1974, nearly a decade after its initial painting, tells us it was of special importance to him. Oliver SteadA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 54AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 54 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 55 13/11/12 7:02 PM55Bill Hammond The Strength to Carry Onacrylic on linen canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 1985 1925 x 1827mmProvenance: Private collection, Canterbury.$80 000 $120 000The to-ings and fro-ings of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic counter-reformation in the 16th century are the stuff of both legend and history, but the tensions inherent in the two sides of the same coin argument that consumed our Christian forefathers are the yin and yang of Bill Hammonds Strength to Carry On from 1985.Much of the most potent Reformation inspired art depicts the flesh tested and the torment that inevitably awaits the errant sinner. Artists such as Matthias Grunewald, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel created vast canvases on the theme of temptation and the damnations due to those whose transgressions warranted a fiery end. No scene on the subject from this period is complete without armies of vile anthropomorphic bandits - hybrids of man and animal - who in their diabolic fury seek drag the poor unfortunates into limbo and beyond. The point of these works is instructional huge altarpieces designed to whip the cowering masses into God-fearing obedience. Bill Hammonds paintings of the 1980s plug into this same sense of the maelstrom that can afflict the unwary. The context is not of course the faith based battle for the hearts and minds that raged across 16th century Europe, but the Godless era of the Yuppie the Wall Street Greed is Good eighties that can be regarded as a counter reformation of sorts. It should be remembered that Hammond, born in 1947, grew to maturity in the late sixties and early seventies. This Woodstock, Nambassa, Sweetwaters hippy era of communal experimentation was dropkicked into touch in no uncertain terms by the rise of the Me generation, Thatcherism - and in New Zealand the rise of neo-liberal Rogernomics ushered in by of all people the Labour party. Furthermore the sense of the world going to hell in a handcart began with the flour bombing of Eden Park in 1981. The ill- fated Springbok rugby tour quite literally rent the country asunder.The contemporary music scene at this time, a source of so much inspiration for Hammonds works of the 80s, was also in high ferment with punk, disco, new wave, rockabilly and those arch-yuppie New Romantics all fighting it out in the charts and on the streets with skinheads, boot boys and proto Rastas. Hammonds great 1986 acrylic on board The Look of Love plus the Sound of Music uses the music wars of this period to illustrate the anxieties and the humours (in a Chaucerian sense) of these conflicts as the old order gave way to a new, thrustingly ambitious reality.The Strength to Carry On is a classic work from this time. Hammonds transmogrified band of pogo-ing revellers is assaulted from all sides by Scary Monsters. With bad shirts, bad hair (check out that strange bone-carrying dude with the Hitler comb over) and bad attitude, Hammonds Krazy Krew gain their strength from their desire to rock out in the darkness dancing till they drop.These works have all the energy, humour and pathos of an air-guitar championship to Iggy Pops anthem for the ages, New Values, Im looking for one new value, but nothing comes my wayHamish ConeyA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 56AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 56 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 57 13/11/12 7:02 PM56John Pule High School Thoughtacrylic and ink on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 2002 2000 x 1800mm$35 000 $50 000The Polynesian concept of the Pacific Ocean as a continuous world of interconnections maintained over great distances is wonderfully evoked in John Pules large canvases. Pule was born in Niue and was brought to New Zealand as an infant; nevertheless his ties with Niue remain firm and this provides the essential allegory which his works are built on and around. We can see the idea of ties clearly illustrated in the long cords that link each island of images, connecting episodes of both pre-Christian and post-Christian narrative themes. The cords themselves are characteristically maritime: they look indelibly like things of the ocean, simultaneously resembling sailing ropes or sheets for rigging ocean-going vessels, the trailing tentacles of jellyfish or the Portuguese man-o-war, or strands of seaweed. While the resemblance to these things is exaggerated by Pule to suggest the wider frame of reference, their precise allusion is to the dangling flower stems of the Pacific cordyline, ti-mata-alea, a relative of the New Zealand cabbage tree which grows throughout the Pacific, and is an important food and symbol of cultural identity. In Niue the flowering stems are linked with genealogy through a tradition that human life sprang from the tree, and through the visual analogy of a chain of generations neatly provided by the chains of flowers suspended on the trailing stems. Many of Pules images involve rights of passage encountered in both Niue and New Zealand cultural settings, and the title High School Thought suggests that this work deals with Pules experiences as a Niue youth growing up in Auckland at a time when migration from the islands was actively resented by many New Zealanders. The titles to songs by Jimi Hendrix are particularly resonant in this work. Born in 1962, Pule would have been only seven years old when Hendrix died, but as he is the youngest of 17 children its easy to imagine that he would have been saturated with Hendrixs music and lyrics from birth, and that his interest in Hendrix would have lasted through his high school years and beyond. There is no doubt that Hendrix is especially beloved in New Zealand, not only because his mixed African American and Native American genetic heritage lent him a remarkable resemblance to Pasifica peoples, but also because, as a native of Seattle, he too was from the Pacific the sea is an important emblem in Hendrixs work. As a prolific and highly accomplished writer we can also assume that Pule would have been sensitive to the remarkable poetry of Hendrixs lyrics from an early age. Painted in 2002, when Pule was in his 40th year, it is fascinating to see in this work the artist revisiting the imaginative world of his youth. Oliver SteadA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 58AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 58 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 59 13/11/12 7:02 PM57Milan MrkusichPainting IV Purpleacrylic-vinyl on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 2000 verso 1220 x 915mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.Exhibited: Milan Mrkusich, New Paintings: Six Works 2000/01, Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, 27 May 21 June, 2004.Illustrated: Alan Wright and Edward Hanfling, Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation (Auckland University Press, 2009), pl. 89.$55 000 $75 000Theres a small installation shot of the Sue Crockford Gallery featuring Milan Mrkusichs Painting IV Purple in the long-overdue and essential recent monograph on the artist by Alan Wright and Ed Hanfling. There is nothing extraordinary about this small and dark exhibition image. Rather, it appears almost funereal in manner with Painting IV Purple standing alongside its kin completely mute, the works appearing like beacons to the artists unwavering commitment to the recondite language of advanced abstraction. These are definitely paintings designed to be seen and not heard. Painted in 2000, Painting IV Purple is indicative of Mrkusichs late career turn towards an increasingly refined and sustained study of colour and form. Well into his seventies by this stage, the artists works appear increasingly refined, offering viewers little in the way of content or a message. Long vanished are the arcs, corners, circles and symbols, replaced by an unrelenting symmetry and stability provided through the four sided rectangle and square. These increasingly concentrated studies of colour and form provide viewers with little easy point of entry and there is little to distract from the artists on-going investigation into colour as pure sensation. Also gone is the impressive scale of previous works replaced instead by a modesty of scale and means, bought on perhaps, as much as anything by the realities of advancing years. Featuring the artists trademark delicately feathered brushwork, Mrkusich, unusually in this country at least, has never been an abstract painter overly focussed on surface or surface effects. Rather, he consistently investigates and extrapolates aesthetic sensation out of colour effects, attending to the manner in which colours recede, chime, intensify, vibrate, contrast and correspond when they appearing in varying painterly relationships. As Hanfling and Wright mention in their book, it is difficult to think of a NZ painter who has shown less interest in his surroundings, his immediate society, culture or environment than Milan Mrkusich. Painting IV Purple typifies the challenge that the artist has continued to set for himself and for his audience; namely, a near life-long investigation into the possibilities and limits of colour and colour relations. Ben PlumblyA+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 60AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 60 13/11/12 7:02 PMAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 61 13/11/12 7:02 PM58Tony Fomison No. 186oil on canvas mounted to wood title inscribed; title inscribed and inscribed No. 38 on original Dowse Art Gallery, Fomison: a survey exhibition label affixed verso 463 x 416mmProvenance: Collection of Jeffrey Harris, Melbourne. Private collection, Otago.Reference: Ian Wedde (ed), Fomison: What Shall We Tell Them?(City Gallery, Wellington, 1994), Catalogue No. 543.$42 000 $55 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 62AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 62 13/11/12 7:02 PM59Tony Fomison Hine te Uira, Kupes daughter who discovered greenstone in the South Islandoil on canvasboard title inscribed, signed and dated 10 15. 9. 93 and inscribed Upolu, Western Samoa, Not for Sale verso305 x 228mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$16 000 $24 00060Shane Cotton Whakakitenga IIIoil on canvas signed with artists initials S. W. C and dated 1998 505 x 605mm$10 000 $15 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 63AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 63 13/11/12 7:02 PM61Colin McCahon Northlandink and wash on paper signed with artists initials C McC and dated 1960 550 x 445mmProvenance:Collection of Rodney Kennedy, Dunedin.Private collection, Dunedin$30 000 $40 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 64AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 64 13/11/12 7:02 PM62Milan Mrkusich Painting No. IIoil on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 69 70 verso 915 x 710mmProvenance: Private collection, Waikato.$20 000 $30 00063Ralph Hotere Drawing for Ian Weddes Pathway to the Seawatercolour and acrylic on paper title inscribed, signed and dated 75 557 x 755mmProvenance: Private collection, Otago.$20 000 $30 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 65AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 65 13/11/12 7:02 PM64Ralph Hotere Test Piece: Nau Maienamel on board inscribed Nau Mai; title inscribed, signed and dated Port Chalmers 77 and inscribed BLG Cat No. 1 verso530 x 400mm: excluding frame 780 x 578mm: including frame$35 000 $50 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 66AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 66 13/11/12 7:02 PM65Richard Killeen Peoples Medaldulon acrylic lacquer on aluminium title inscribed, signed and dated March 1978 verso 900 x 900mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.$15 000 $20 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 67AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 67 13/11/12 7:02 PM66Colin McCahon Van Gogh Poems by John Caselbergset of four lithographs together with original cover sheet title inscribed, signed and dated September 1957 on the plate 332 x 240mm: each 1000 x 525mm: overall$13 000 $20 00067Richard Killeen Joaquins fishacrylic and collage on canvas, 5 panels title inscribed, signed and dated Aug 1 1989; artists original catalogue label affixed each panel verso 390 x 580mm: each panel 390 x 2900: overall$14 000 $20 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 68AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 68 13/11/12 7:02 PM68Neil DawsonEscape IIstainless steel, custom wood, fibreglass mesh and acrylic, 4/5 title inscribed, signed and dated 1981 on original accompanying box 340 x 340 x 95mmProvenance: Private collection, Wellington.$8000 $12 00069Neil Dawson Norwest Archpainted steel and metal mesh title inscribed, signed and dated 1996 on artists original accompanying crate 910 x 1220mmProvenance: Private collection, Wellington.$6000 $8000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 69AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 69 13/11/12 7:02 PM70Dick Frizzell Big Guyenamel on board title inscribed, signed and dated 14/2/82 1003 x 1003mm$25 000 $35 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 70AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 70 13/11/12 7:02 PM71Max Gimblett 2 Stroke Bowl For Vietnamblack bole clay, moon gold, polyurethane and acrylic on board title inscribed, signed and dated 2000 verso; original Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney label affixed verso 762 x 1524mm$30 000 $40 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 71AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 71 13/11/12 7:02 PM72Terry Stringer Living Memoryoil on aluminium and bronze signed and dated 88 1360 x 1160 x 230mmProvenance:Private collection, Wellington.Private collection, Auckland.$20 000 $30 00073Terry Stringer Still Life with Fernoil on tin signed and dated 87 340 x 515 x 300mmProvenance: Private collection, Australia.$4000 $6000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 72AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 72 13/11/12 7:02 PM75Michael HarrisonInner Lightacrylic and pencil on paper title inscribed and signed 1994 verso; original Vavasour Godkin label affixed verso; original Artspace label affixed verso 200 x 145mmExhibited: On Reason and Emotion, The 14th Biennale of Sydney, 4 June 15 August, 2004.Illustrated: Nicole Bearman (ed), On Reason and Emotion: Biennale of Sydney, 2004 (Perth, Australia, 2004), p. 107.$3000 $400074Don BinneySwoop of the Kotare, Waimanuscreenprint, 53/175 title inscribed, signed and dated 1980 660 x 480mm$3000 $5000 A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 73AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 73 13/11/12 7:02 PM76Dick Frizzell Still Life with Felix the Cat Cut Out and Statuetteenamel on board title inscribed, signed and dated 82 600 x 538mm$14 000 $18 00077Seraphine Pick Looking Like Someone Nos. 2, 4, 15, 22, 23, 36oil on canvas, six panels title inscribed, signed and dated 1997 each panel verso 2000 x 1800mm$12 000 $18 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 74AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 74 13/11/12 7:02 PM78Martin Popplewell Craptown Salon Styleoil on linen title inscribed, signed and dated 2008; title inscribed, signed and dated verso 1370 x 1680mmExhibited: craptownsalonstyle Black Barn Gallery, Hawkes Bay, 2008.$12 000 $16 000Artists note:I think that the exhibition opened on around the 9/10 September and on the opening night the art dealer had managed to sell all the paintings. However the following day it was dawning that a financial collapse had ensued in america and the previous evenings sales evaporated. This particular work was one of the last frankenstein patchwork studies that is made to feel as if it is falling to pieces as it is being constructed. It is directly concerned with an aesthetic state of entropy, and takes a multiple view as in simultaneous plan and elevation. The language knits its way across the surfaces using notes taken from personal plumbing details and among other things a black man seeking work in a white house. Not much has changed.A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 75AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 75 13/11/12 7:02 PM79Richard Killeen Full entry into society is marked by access to language.watercolour on rag paper signed and dated 5. 5. 84 and inscribed Old Mistresses.758 x 585mm$3500 $500080Peter Stichbury Untitledgraphite on paper signed and dated 03 558 x 410mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$4000 $600081Gordon Walters Untitledacrylic on paper signed and dated 11 2 90 296 x 240mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$7000 $10 00082Darryn George Arawhata No. 4oil on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 2007 verso 710 x 505mm$2500 $3500A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 76AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 76 13/11/12 7:02 PM83Tony Lane A Single Tearoil and gold leaf on gesso panel title inscribed, signed and dated 1999 verso 948 x 948mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$6000 $900084Peter McIntyre Looking toward Clyde with the Old Man Range from above Alexandra.oil on board signed; original John Leech Gallery label affixed verso; title inscribed and inscribed Alexandra Railway Station is on left verso695 x 897mmProvenance: Private collection, Auckland.$15 000 $25 000A+O Important Paintings & Contemporary Art 77AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 77 13/11/12 7:02 PM1. 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The effect of this announcement is to signify that the highest bidder will be the purchaser at the bid price if the vendor accepts this price. If this highest bid is accepted then the purchaser has entered a contract to purchase the item at the bid price plus any relevant buyers premium.Important advice for buyersThe following information does not form part of the conditions of sale, however buyers, particularly first time bidders are recommended to read these notes.A. Bidding at auction: Please ensure your instructions to the auctioneer are clear and easily understood. It is well to understand that during a busy sale with multiple bidders the auctioneer may not be able to see all bids at all times. It is recommended that you raise your bidding number clearly and without hesitation. If your bid is made in error or you have misunderstood the bidding level please advise the auctioneer immediately of your error prior to the hammer falling. Please note that if you have made a bid and the hammer has fallen and you are the highest bidder you have entered a binding contract to purchase an item at the bid price. New bidders in particular are advised to make themselves known to the sale auctioneer who will assist you with any questions about the conduct of the auction.B.Absentee bidding: ART+OBJECT welcomes absentee bids once the necessary authority has been completed and lodged with ART+OBJECT. A+O will do all it can to ensure bids are lodged on your behalf but accepts no liability for failure to carry out these bids. See the Absentee bidding form in this catalogue for information on lodging absentee bids. These are accepted up to 2 hours prior to the published auction commencement.C.Telephone bids: The same conditions apply to telephone bids. It is highly preferable to bid over a landline as the vagaries of cellphone connections may result in disappointment. You will be telephoned prior to your indicated lot arising in the catalogue order. If the phone is engaged or connection impossible the sale will proceed without your bidding. At times during an auction the bidding can be frenetic so you need to be sure you give clear instructions to the person executing your bids. The auctioneer will endeavour to cater to the requirements of phone bidders but cannot wait for a phone bid so your prompt participation is requested.D.New Zealand dollars: All estimates in this catalogue are in New Zealand dollars. The amount to be paid by successful bidders on the payment date is the New Zealand dollar amount stated on the purchaser invoice. Exchange rate variations are at the risk of the purchaser.Conditions of sale Please note: it is assumed that all bidders at auction have read and agreed to the conditions described on this page. ART+OBJECT directors are available during the auction viewing to clarify any questions you may have.AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 78 13/11/12 7:02 PMAbsentee bid formAuction No. 61Important Paintings and Contemporary Art27 November, 2012 at 6.30pmART+OBJECT3 Abbey StreetNewtonAucklandPO Box 68 345NewtonAuckland 1145Telephone: +64 9 354 4646Freephone: 0 800 80 60 01Facsimile: +64 9 354 email@example.comThis completed and signed form authorizes ART+OBJECT to bid on my behalf at the above mentioned auction for the following lots up to prices indicated below. These bids are to be executed at the lowest price levels possible.I understand that if successful I will purchase the lot or lots at or below the prices listed on this form and the listed buyers premium for this sale (15%) and GST on the buyers premium. I warrant also that I have read and understood and agree to comply with the conditions of sale as printed in the catalogue. Payment and Delivery ART+OBJECT will advise me as soon as is practical that I am the successful bidder of the lot or lots described above. I agree to pay immediately on receipt of this advice. Payment will be by cash, cheque or bank transfer. I understand that cheques will need to be cleared before goods can be uplifted or dispatched. I will arrange for collection or dispatch of my purchases. If ART+OBJECT is instructed by me to arrange for packing and dispatch of goods I agree to pay any costs incurred by ART+OBJECT. Note: ART+OBJECT requests that these arrangements are made prior to the auction date to ensure prompt delivery processing.Please indicate as appropriate by ticking the box: PHONE BID ABSENTEE BID MR/MRS/MS: SURNAME: POSTAL ADDRESS: STREET ADDRESS: BUSINESS PHONE: MOBILE: FAX: EMAIL: Signed as agreed: To register for Absentee bidding this form must be lodged with ART+OBJECT by 2pm on the day of the published sale time in one of three ways:1. Fax this completed form to ART+OBJECT +64 9 354 46452. Email a printed, signed and scanned form to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Post to ART+OBJECT, PO Box 68 345 Newton, Auckland 1145, New ZealandLot no. Description Bid maximum (New Zealand dollars) AO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 79 13/11/12 7:02 PMAberhart, Laurence 31, 32Albrecht, Gretchen 20Binney, Don 51, 74Clairmont, Philip 35Cotton, Shane 27, 38, 60Dashper, Julian 6Dawson, Neil 68, 69Dibble, Paul 12Fomison, Tony 53, 58, 59Frizzell, Dick 44, 70, 76George, Darren 82Gimblett, Max 71Good, Roy 42Hammond, Bill 1,2, 15, 37, 45, 55Hanly, Pat 9, 36Harris, Jeffrey 40Harrison, Michael 75Hayward, Glen 3Hipkins, Gavin 30Hotere, Ralph 26, 28, 33, 63, 64Killeen, Richard 65, 67, 79Lane, Tony 83Lett, Barry 11Madden, Peter 5Maddox, Allen 4, 43, 47, 48, 49McCahon, Colin 19, 61, 66McIntyre, Peter 84Mrkusich, Milan 57, 62Ngan, Guy 17, 18Parekowhai, Michael 29, 33, 52Pick, Seraphine 77Popplewell, Martin 78 Pule, John 56Robinson, Ann 24Siddell, Emily 16Siddell, Peter 25Smither, Michael 23, 34, 54Stichbury, Peter 10, 50, 80Stringer, Terry 72, 73Walters, Gordon 7, 8, 46, 81White, A. Lois 21, 22Whitley, Brett 39Williams, Mervyn 41Woollaston, Toss 13, 14Artists IndexAO566FA CAT 61 Important Paintings.indd 80 13/11/12 7:02 PM6161IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ARTIMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART27 NOVEMBER 201227 NOVEMBER 2012
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