|Still special to me -painted in 1967|
|Auckland villa Robin White|
Feeling a bit guilty about the lack of action on my art blog I have decided to pick out some of my own favourite things.
The print of a villa by Robin White reminds me of our family home in Waverley. Villas were often built with no effort to gain the sun - quite the opposite as sun tended to fade curtains Often villas had a front room used only for special guests. I must have bought this print in the 60s.
A kitchen utensil used by my mother to make mint sauce. I also have a heavy cast iron frying pans which is brilliant for cooking steak. The other object I also have is a large slab of marble my mother used for making scones. It is now inserted into one of my matai kitchen benches. Originally it was part of a Victorian piece of furniture.
|Mask carved in NP prison|
|John Ford - Te Rauparaha|
In the 60s a began a long friendship with Maori artist John Bevan Ford . He joined the advisory team after working at a music shop. John had two great loves art and opera. I have a number of pieces of art by John. The painting featured is of Ngati toa fighting chief Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata Through John I met a number of Maori artists.
On the left is a woodcut given to me by Para Matchitt and on the right a lino cut by Cliff Whiting.
|Isle of Skye chess set|
|Marilyn Webb print|
|Len Castle pottery|
Three Len Castle pots that I still really like bought in the 70s. I have a number of pieces of pottery and a number of stone jars and also old bottles.
|Fossil sea urchin|
I found a fossil sea urchin while teaching in England in 1969. Over the years I built up a collection of shells and interesting rocks.
My favourite rocks are the small ventrafacts I found at Waitorara Beach. These days they are protected. I originally found these wind blown stones when we used to camp at the Caves Beach. We mistakenly thought they were Maori adzes.
My bathroom features the Maori Papa and Rangi myth about the separation of earth and heaven their children. Originally it was placed on a large figure painted background
My most valuable piece is a large painting by Don Driver which I bought from him in the early 70s.
When I first put it up and it fell off and knocked me out! I saw Don a few months later and he asked me how I was enjoying it. I said it knocked me out and he replied good!
I was often asked what does it mean and I used to reply it is about clashing colours. I asked Don and he confirmed my answer. It is called Zap.