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Above: Cliff Whiting, Tawhirimatea, Wood engraving, Collection of the Eastern Southland Gallery, gifted by John Perry 2015

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Above: Jeffrey Harris, By Definition, 1988, sugar lift aquatint, Collection of Eastern Southland Gallery, gifted by the artist 2015


Works from the
Permanent Collection

2 April - 15 May 2022

Curated from the Gallery’s permanent collection, ‘Black’ gathers together works in which colour is largely absent and black predominates. The exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase recent acquisitions, as well as a selection of works that have not been exhibited for some time. ‘Black’ features paintings, etchings, woodcuts, photographs and sculpture by a wide variety of artists. Notably Ralph Hotere, but also other national and international artists including Neil Frazer, Cliff Whiting, Adrienne Martyn, Michael Smither and Grahame Sydney. It also includes our most recent gift to the collection, a caricature of New Zealand composer Frederick Page by Juliet Peter.


“I fell in love with black; it contained all colour.

It wasn’t a negation of colour…

Black is the most aristocratic colour of all… 

You can be quiet, and it contains the whole thing.”

- Louise Nevelson

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Above: Graham Percy, Franz Schubert Emerges from a Stream near Crear, 2005, ink and wash on paper, Collection of Eastern Southland Gallery, gifted by Marianne Mahr 2015

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