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PVA on canvas
1510 x 1120mm

Tahi was one of the first contemporary paintings acquired for the then Fletcher Collection. It was purchased following a recommendation by designer Peter Bromhead, who was responsible for a refurbishment of Fletcher House.

The medium PVA requires some explanation. It is a water-based paint that was particularly favoured in the late 1960s and 1970s by artists and art teachers for its relative inexpensiveness and convenience. The yellow colour of Tahi has deepened over the years, a fact that did not displease the artist when he visited the Fletcher Challenge Art Collection in 1995.

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Exhibition History

Gordon Walters: New Vision, curated by Lucy Hammonds (Dunedin Public Art Gallery), Laurence Simmons (University of Auckland), and Julia Waite (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki), Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Ōtepoti, 11 November 2017 to 8 April 2018 (toured)

Representation and Reaction: Modernism and the New Zealand Landscape Tradition 1956–1977, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui, 31 August to 27 October 2002 (toured)

Gordon Walters, New Paintings and Drawings, New Vision Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 27 May to 8 June 1968


Fletcher Trust Collection, purchased from New Vision Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 1968