The Hot Show

A winter exhibition displaying some of the Collection’s warmer, more vibrant works

This exhibition of paintings from the Fletcher Trust Collection was curated primarily to offer Fletcher Building staff and the visiting public a warm and vibrant journey through the tunnel under Great South Road.

The Hot Show featured a collection of recently acquired works by mostly younger New Zealand artists, many of whom treated paint in interesting and novel ways. Young Ōtautahi artists André Hemer, Miranda Parkes, and Aaron and Hannah Beehre were included, as was Helen Calder, whose painting in a colour called Daredevil raised a few eyebrows. So did Sara Hughes’ optically challenging Eye Candy 3. Major works by Māori artists Shane Cotton and Darren George were also included.

Because these new works were mainly light-hearted and bright, it seemed a good time to bring out some older paintings conceived in the same spirit. Most of these dated from the late 1970s and the 1980s. The main focus was on highly coloured and energetic gestural abstract paintings. Among artists included were Philip Clairmont, Pat Hanly, and Allen Maddox, as well as Gretchen Albrecht and Philippa Blair. A selection of smaller though similarly bright works from the past were added to provide contrast with the predominantly abstract focus of the exhibition.

—Peter Shaw

BEEHRE, Hannah; BEEHRE, Aaron;


2006, 1000 x 1000mm, Oil and acrylic on canvas


Eye Candy 3

2005, 1800 x 1800mm, Acrylic on linen

CALDER, Helen;

O57-163-043 (Daredevil)

2009, Acrylic paint and stainless steel fittings

HEMER, André;

Sweet Vintage Girly-Girl Chic, with a Pinch of Koons

2005, 1680 x 1680mm, Acrylic on canvas

INGRAM, Simon;

Automata Painting No. 3

2004, 900 x 900mm, Acrylic on canvas

INGRAM, Simon;

Space Painting No. 8

2003, 1520 x 1220mm, Oil on canvas

GEORGE, Darryn;

Huia No. 2

2006, 1995 x 1500mm, Oil on canvas

COTTON, Shane;

Slow Descent

2006, 1800 x 1500mm, Oil on canvas

MADDOX, Allen;


1975, 1000 x 840mm, Oil on board

MADDOX, Allen;


1984, 1725 x 2005mm, Oil on canvas

MADDOX, Allen;

Saying Goodbye to Tony

1990, 1690 x 1840mm, Oil on canvas



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

BLAIR, Philippa;

Heart Book

1985, 1000 x 1820mm, Acrylic on canvas

ELLIS, Robert;

Motorway/City No. 28

1969, 1230 x 1070mm, Oil on board



1965, 1200 x 2400mm, Oil on board

LEFT, Ron;

Private: Centripetal Edge No. 3

1980, 1800 x 1200mm, Acrylic on board

HOTERE, Ralph;

Untitled (London ’64)

1964, 550 x 450mm, Acrylic on canvas


Garden Awake

1970, 1220 x 1200mm, Oil and enamel on board

MCCORMACK, Thomas Arthur;

Vase of Flowers

c.1950, 400 x 250mm, Watercolour on buff paper

TAPPER, Garth;


1967, 340 x 440mm, Oil on board


Earth Radiance

1963, 1180 x 870mm, Oil on canvas


Ecstasy Condition: Passion

1975, 1210 x 1210mm, Oil on board

JOEL, Grace;


1895, 385 x 480mm, Oil on canvas on board

PARKES, Miranda;


2005, 1030 x 790 x 260mm, Acrylic and enamel on canvas