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 anyone on your pressie list who appreciates the beauty of our little piece of paradise.
There are plenty of books featuring photographs of New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes but this one takes a look at the beauty of the country through the works of some of our greatest landscape painters in a coffee table book that is stunning enough to be good value, even with the $75 price tag.
Thirty-two new paintings have been added to the original 103 in the 2006 version, making it an even more impressive collection that that first edition. Packed with the works of the likes of Colin McCahon, Dick Frizzell and Rita Angus, this book is a beautiful tour through all the beauty that New Zealand has to offer.
Lesser known artists from earlier times also feature, with the subject matter being presented as much more important than the name on the painting.
This would make a great gift for the art-lover in your life or for anyone who simply loves this country we are lucky enough to live in.