Art

Idealised reality a touch ‘homogenised’

January 22, 2015
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Idealised reality a touch ‘homogenised’

Lazy Days: Painting the Kiwi Lifestyle, by Graham Young (New Holland Publishers, RRP $30) English born artist Graham Young has put together a collection of his kiwi lifestyle works which is just fine. Nice. Pleasant. Any of the adjectives you can use to sum up something so inoffensive that doesn’t quite cross into being...

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Spectacular NZ

December 1, 2014
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Spectacular NZ

Landscape Paintings of New Zealand: A Journey from North to South, by Christopher Johnstone (Random House, RRP $75): Seven years after first being published, this expanded and revised edition was back in the bookstores just in time for an appearance under last year’s Christmas tree, and this year it’s still a fine option for...

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It’s our place … and it’s beautiful

September 23, 2014
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It’s our place … and it’s beautiful

Coast A New Zealand Journey, by Bruce Ansley and Jane Ussher (Godwit, RRP $75): Kiwi writer Bruce Ansley has followed up his tribute to the legendary Mesopotamia high country station with another collaborative celebration of New Zealand’s beauty. This time Ansley has teamed up with photographer Jane Ussher to the the story of our...

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On the shelves for NZ Book Month

March 20, 2012
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On the shelves for NZ Book Month

It’s New Zealand Book month so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of Kiwi books lurking on the shelves in bookshops around the country. I’ve been running reviews of books by New Zealand authors on our books page in The Southland Times every Saturday this month, with the final round-up...

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Artist’s book simply stunning

December 22, 2011
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Artist’s book simply stunning

Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago (Penguin, RRP $95) A stunning collection of photographs of Central Otago from artist Grahame Sydney provides a new perspective on the beautiful and varied landscape of the region. Over the last decade, since shifting to live in the heart Central Otago, Sydney has captured the unique beauty, austerity and seasonal...

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Showcasing Kiwi talent

January 10, 2011
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Showcasing Kiwi talent

New Zealand Gallery, compiled by Denis Robinson (New Holland Publishers, RRP $49.99): Packed with photographs of stunning artwork, New Zealand Gallery is a portfolio of this country’s creativity. However, the book is more than just amazing images: Denis Robinson has included interviews interviews with artists working in a wide range of areas, such as...

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