Top NZ artists make Director's Cut

ANGELA CROMPTON
Last updated 14:43 04/12/2012

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An almost "who's who" of New Zealand art makes up a new exhibition at The Diversion Gallery in Picton.

Titled The Director's Cut, the collection of prints on paper are accessibly-priced works by some of New Zealand's major artists, says gallery director Barbara Speedy.

Colin McCahon, Pat Hanly, Don Binney, Max Gimblett, Reuben Paterson, Dick Frizzell, John Pule and Karl Maughan are artists whose works she "personally responds to" and she hopes their diverse styles, including Pule's finely-detailed etchings, Frizzell's humorous Mickey to Tiki series, McCahon's abstract minimalism and Maughan's "riotous garden colours", will please others. "I thought it would be good to bring to Marlborough a group of artists that we don't normally represent so people have some chance to see their work first hand."

Speedy had started unwrapping prints in the gallery last week to hang for tomorrow evening's opening. Such "signature compositions" were rarely seen together in the top of the south, she says.

"In the last 18 months there has been a lot of interest in prints, particularly because of their affordability," Speedy says. The quality of works on paper is also different to those done on board or canvas, she adds.

At tomorrow night's opening, Speedy promises to continue an end-of-year tradition at The Diversion by serving home-made Christmas cake for guests. The recipe is from Blenheim food writer Jan Bilton's column in the Marlborough Express

"I confess I have already tasted it . . . And it's very good."

The Director's Cut exhibition is at The Diversion Gallery, 10 London Quay, Picton, until January 27.

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- The Marlborough Express

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