A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland exhibition opens at Auckland Art Gallery in August

Colin McCahon - Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai Beach
Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai: a necessary case for protection 1972, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection

A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland exhibition opens at Auckland Art Gallery in August

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki  presents A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland, an exhibition of work by one of New Zealand’s foremost artists, Colin McCahon (1919–1987), opening on Saturday 10 August 2019.

McCahon’s work is marked by a strong spirit of experimentalism and independence. Today, he is widely regarded as one Australasia’s key 20th-century artists. A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland traces the artist’s development over the 30 years he lived in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and reveals the significance that place had for his painting and its presence in his art.

Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Paisley says, “Colin McCahon’s contribution to art in New Zealand is immense. Not only was he a leading painter, but also an influential teacher, curator and critic. And he is a significant figure in Auckland Art Gallery’s history, serving as a Keeper and later Assistant Director over a period of almost a decade.”

‘We are excited to share this exhibition, which presents an in-depth look at some of McCahon’s most important art works – paintings that continue to resonate with us a century after his birth.’

A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland features 25 key paintings drawn from Auckland Art Gallery’s renowned collection, as well as from private holdings, and includes works that have rarely been seen.

Shifting north in 1953, from Christchurch to Titirangi in West Auckland, McCahon’s physical relocation parallels a move away from figurative paintings based on Bible stories and towards an engagement with his immediate environment. Over the subsequent 30 years, his painting reflected local places: the kauri forest surrounding his house at French Bay; the factory roofs of the inner city; the sun moving over the Waitakeres; and the gannet colony at Muriwai. A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland explores the deepening metaphorical significance of the Auckland landscape in McCahon’s painting.

The exhibition will also explore the broader context in which McCahon painted and his role as an energetic force and active participant in the local art scene.

Exhibition details

A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland
When: Saturday 10 August 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020: 10am–5pm daily
Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland, New Zealand
Price: Free for New Zealanders. Free with entry for international visitors.
Further information: https://www.aucklandartgallery.com/whats-on/exhibition/a-place-to-paint-colin-mccahon-in-auckland

Colin McCahon_ May His Light Shine (Tau Cross)_ 1978-1979
Colin McCahon - May His Light Shine (Tau Cross) 1978-1979, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1980

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