The Fabulous
Fletcher Show

An extensive selection of works from the collection, from historical pieces to modernist and contemporary New Zealand art

Presented by Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

Eighty paintings from the rarely seen Fletcher Collection are to be shown at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato for the very first time from Saturday 14 March. In a rare move, The Fletcher Trust, owners of New Zealand’s largest remaining corporate collection, has made its finest paintings available to the Museum while the Fletcher Building complex in Auckland undergoes renovation. “This exhibition will bring together the treasures of the collection for the very first time, including be what is believed to be the very first oil painting made of a New Zealand subject,” said Chairman of the Trust, Angus Fletcher.

Recently purchased from an English vendor and never before exhibited in this country, William Hodges’ oil sketch Dusky Bay, New Zealandwas painted in April 1773 on a piece of wood given to the artist by the ship’s carpenter on Captain Cook’s second voyage.

“All of New Zealand’s great painters are represented in The Fabulous Fletcher Collection,” says Waikato Museum Director, Cherie Meecham. “This is a unique opportunity for the public. Shows like this are extremely rare.”

The paintings, worth in excess of $6 million, include important historical works from the early nineteenth century right up to the most contemporary paintings made recently by this country’s emerging artists. The Fletcher Collection was started in 1962 when Sir James Fletcher and his colleague George Fraser replaced the photos of racehorses that hung on the board room walls with four Coromandel watercolours by J. B. C. Hoyte. These four works are included in the exhibition.

— Hamilton Council press release, 26 February 2015

Earliest Colonial Artists

MARTIN, Albin;

Extensive View of Waikato River

c.1865, 510 x 630mm, Oil on board

SHARPE, Alfred;

A Peep at Coromandel from the Whangapoua Bridle Track

1881, 420 x 650mm, Watercolour on paper

BRIDGE, Cyprian;

Battle at Ohaeawai

c.1845, 460 x 610mm, Oil on canvas

STRUTT, William;

The Ambuscade

1867, 228 x 442mm, Oil on canvas

HODGES, William;

Dusky Bay, New Zealand

1773, 200 x 250mm, Oil on board

VAN DER VELDEN, Petrus;

Mount Rolleston and the Otira River

1893, 590 x 900mm, Oil on canvas

JACKSON, John;

Hongi and Waikato

c.1820, 410 x 325mm, Oil on canvas

VON GUERARD, Eugene;

Milford Sound, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls

1892, 240 x 320mm, Oil on board

VON TEMPSKY, Gustavus Ferdinand;

Encampment of the Forest Rangers

1866, 240 x 340mm, Watercolour on paper

ALDIS, Albert Edward;

Foreshore, Saint Mary’s Bay, Auckland

1888, 370 x 600mm, Oil on canvas

Early twentieth century

HODGKINS, Frances;

Pumpkins and Pimenti

1935, 560 x 760mm, Gouache and watercolour on paper

NERLI, Girolamo;

Untitled, Sunrise

1903, 285 x 555mm, Oil on canvas

SHERWOOD, Maud;

Lady with Green Umbrella

c.1925, 270 x 255mm, Oil on canvas

HASZARD, Rhona;

The Blue Wrap

1925, 300 x 370mm, Oil on canvas on board

THOMPSON, Sydney Lough;

Trees in Spring

c.1930, 450 x 370mm, Oil on board

DUNCAN, John Cam;

Landscape, Rotorua

1931, 305 x 350mm, Oil on board

WRIGHT, Walter;

The Family Gathering

c.1910, 288 x 441mm, Oil on canvas

Mid twentieth century

CLARK, Russell;

Hokianga Crossroads

1954, 560 x 560mm, Oil on canvas

PICKMERE, Alison;

Kawerau

c.1960, 770 x 950mm, Oil on canvas

WEEKS, John;

Winstone’s Yard

c.1930, 225 x 275mm, Oil on board

WEEKS, John;

Chromatic Colour Structure

1949, 495 x 390mm, Oil on board

SPICER, Peggy;

Cement Works, Warkworth

c.1960, 545 x 800mm, Oil on board

TOLE, John;

Māori Village, Rotorua

c.1950, 340 x 390mm, Oil on board

CHRISTIE, Bessie;

Tobacco Queue, Karangahape Road, Auckland

c.1940, 410 x 520mm, Oil on board

TOLE, John;

Through the Trees

1953, 400 x 450mm, Oil on board

TOLE, Charles;

Power Station

1982, 540 x 620mm, Oil on board

ANGUS, Rita;

Iris

1953, 575 x 338mm, Watercolour on paper

WALLIS, Wilfred Stanley;

Still Life with Mandolin

1948, 555 x 600mm, Oil on board

Modern (1960s and 70s)

MCINTYRE, Peter;

Pacific

c.1955, 595 x 740mm, Oil on board

MCCAHON, Colin;

Painting

1958, 1218 x 764mm, Oil on canvas on board

MADDOX, Allen;

Untitled

1975, 1000 x 840mm, Oil on board

BINNEY, Don;

Frigate Bird

1968, 1830 x 1520mm, Oil on canvas

BINNEY, Don;

Southern Journey

1964, 760 x 985mm, Acrylic on board

ILLINGWORTH, Michael

Adam and Eve
Date unknown, Oil on canvas

WALTERS, Gordon;

Tahi

1967, 1510 x 1120mm, PVA on canvas

CLAIRMONT, Philip;

Fireplace

1970, 1012 x 710mm, Oil on hessian on board

HANLY, Pat;

Ecstasy Condition: Passion

1975, 1210 x 1210mm, Oil on board

WOOLLASTON, Toss;

Bayly’s Hill, West Coast

c.1968, 1200 x 900mm, Oil on board

SIDDELL, Peter;

Self-Portrait (diptych)

1977, 1205 x 795mm, Acrylic on canvas

WHITE, Robin;

Hooper’s Inlet

1976, 1205 x 1205mm, Oil on board

MRKUSICH, Milan;

Four Elements

1965, 1210 x 1165mm, Oil on canvas

FOMISON, Tony;

Hand of Fate

1979, 900 x 1200mm, Oil on canvas on board

MCLEOD, Robert;

Terrible Tartan No. 5

1977, 1560 x 680mm, Oil on hessian

1980s

KILLEEN, Richard;

Living for Today

1981, Alkyd on aluminium, 16 pieces

GIMBLETT, Max;

Blue/Red to Len Lye

1980, 2030 x 2030mm, Oil on canvas

HOTERE, Ralph;

Dawn/Water Poem II

1985, 1810 x 1810mm, Acrylic on unstretched canvas

ALBRECHT, Gretchen;

Orchard (For Keats)

1985, 1830 x 3660mm, Oil and acrylic on canvas

THORNLEY, Geoff;

Construction Tondo No. 2

1982, 1700 x 1700mm, Oil on canvas on board

SCOTT, Ian;

Small Lattice No. 43

1981, 762 x 762mm, Acrylic on canvas

1990s

PICK, Séraphine;

Shedding Light (triptych)

1994, 1670 x 1220mm, Oil, graphite and coloured pencil on canvas

HAMMOND, W. D. (Bill);

Gladrap

1991, 890 x 970mm, Acrylic on recycled kauri

VAN HOUT, Ronnie;

Dimensions Variable

1993, Spraypaint on board

DASHPER, Julian;

Untitled (Yellow Stripes)

1994, 2010 x 1430mm, Acrylic on canvas

DE LAUTOUR, Tony;

Instant Inventory

1996, 1370 x 1825mm, Oil on canvas

2000s

BEEHRE, Hannah; BEEHRE, Aaron;

AW0.01.05

2006, Oil and acrylic on canvas

LE LIEVRE, Marie;

Madder Temple (Black Lamp)

2013, 1640 x 1820mm, Oil on canvas

ARPS, Dan;

Painting

2011, 525 x 620 x 60mm, Oil on canvas with epoxy resin, Perspex and wood

HEMER, André;

Sweet vintage girly-girl with a touch of Koons

2006, 1680 x 1680mm, Acrylic on canvas

GEORGE, Darryn;

Huia II

2006, 1995 x 1500mm, Oil on canvas

COTTON, Shane;

Slow Descent

2006, 1800 x 1500mm, Oil on canvas

PARKES, Miranda;

Monster

2008, 1030 x 790 x 260mm, Acrylic and enamel on canvas

HUGHES, Sara;

Eye Candy

2005, 1800 x 1800mm, Acrylic on canvas

The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the largest curated private collections of Aotearoa New Zealand art. The Trust makes works available to the public online as well as via exhibitions initiated by public art institutions and by the Trust itself.

The Fletcher Trust
Private Bag 92114
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

curator@fletchertrust.co.nz

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