Works by Hotere and Harris to be offered

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 15:02 20/02/2014
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Art collector Don Saxton, of Ranfurly, with a Ralph Hotere piece and Jeffrey Harris piece he is selling at the Maniototo Community Art Council’s art exhibition in conjunction with Decocade on February 22.

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A private art collector plans to sell a Ralph Hotere artwork at an upcoming exhibition in Ranfurly.

Don Saxton, who moved from Dunedin to Ranfurly last month, has decided to part with his signed Hotere piece titled Black Rainbow over Matauri, along with a Jeffrey Harris pastel, Self Portrait with Nude.

The pieces will form part of The Maniototo Community Art Council's art exhibition which is being held in the Ranfurly Town Hall, in conjunction with Decocade this Saturday.

Mr Saxton said both artworks were by noteworthy artists - both Frances Hodgkins Fellows - whose work he prized dearly and had owned for about 25 years.

"I just like art. I can look at it every day of my life and get enjoyment out of it. I get quite emotionally attached to the pieces. I just see myself as a custodian. I don't own it, it always belongs to the artist. I just look after it and enjoy it."

In the case of several works he owned, he had known the artists and bought from them because they were struggling or he had developed friendships with them and had been gifted the "odd work".

"I used to know Ralph - well before he died. He lived most of his life in Port Chalmers and he used to flick his works off for a couple of beers. The publicans used to say they were a load of crap but now they are kicking themselves."

He did not want his works to overshadow the exhibition because there were "lots of wonderful local artists" who would be displaying works, but hoped they might give the exhibition extra profile.

Maniototo Community Art Council president Denise McGirr said she was delighted to have the Hotere and Harris pieces in the exhibition.

There were 119 entries in the exhibition.

FAST FACTS

What: Art Exhibition
When: Saturday, February 22, 10am-5pm
Where: Ranfurly Town Hall
Cost: $2 entry 

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