Last Thursday an exhibition of paintings by Sir Peter Siddell (born 1935) opened at Lopdell House. The show is a cross section of work spanning the years from 1970 to 2010. There are, of course the trademark colonial houses and cityscapes with volcanic hills and empty of people – they all could be in Auckland somewhere, but then they are not! In the words of the artist:
“None are of places where one could go and get that particular view, but are built up in my studio from sketchbooks, recollection and imagination. This reality, therefore, is highly selective and partial.”
But there are also other works, notably landscapes. The coast south of Karekare, shown below, is an example, one of a sequence of five panels capturing this dramatic scenery.
An exquisite event. The exhibition will close on August 21. Don’t miss it.
The quote above is from the recent book “The Art of Peter Siddell” by Peter Siddell (Random House, 2011).
Added October 2011: Peter Siddell died on October 24. See the obituary in the New Zealand Herald.
Sunday Star Times article from 2009.
Beattie’s Book Blog on the launch of Peter Siddell’s book.