City Amongst Tiered Cones

Oil pastel on board
970 x 770mm

Shay Docking came to live in Aotearoa in 1965, when her husband, the art historian Gil Docking, was appointed director of Auckland City Art Gallery (later Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki). This 1970 work clearly takes as its starting point Tāmaki Makaurau’s volcanic cones. The energy behind volcanic forms inspired much of Docking’s work in the late 1960s and allowed her to give visual form to her convictions about the influence of landscape on psychological experience, individual and collective.

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Shay Docking '70 [l.l.] 'CITY AMONGST TIERED CONES' / Pastel ; 1970 / Shay Docking. [label verso]

Exhibition History

Challenge Collection (later Fletcher Trust Collection), purchased from Webb’s, Tāmaki Makaurau, 1983