Diversion has diversity in big-name prints

Last updated 13:24 05/12/2012

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

The collection of prints on paper in The Director's Cut are accessibly-priced works by some of New Zealand's major artists, says The Diversion 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, ranging from Pule's finely detailed etchings to 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 today's opening. Such "signature compositions" were rarely seen together in the top of the south, she says.

"In the last 18 months there has ben 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.

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

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