Dark Landscape

Dark Landscape, 1965. Further details available via Webbs Auction House 

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Sir Bob and grandson McCahon Marshall Harvey with the painting at the Karekare Waterfall. Photo Ted Scott 

Sir Bob Harvey

Sir Bob Harvey, author, patron McCahon House, and former Mayor of Waitakere City

 One of the pleasures of my life is owning a small McCahon painting.  

It's not a biggie but it’s an absolute gem in my life. To describe it is simply black on black on black with a sweep that conveys a Waitakere Waterfall and I’m sure it’s my favourite waterfall at Karekare 

I have owned it for 40 years, bought it at Webbs.  

It’s small by McCahon size and unsigned but on the reverse is his name and a date. 

I wanted it because of my passion for Karekare by both night and day. The nights out there are very dark but on a clear one you can see every star in the galaxy and this painting conveys the darkness of a still west coast night and the waterfall to which I’m not adverse to swimming in. 

On the recent 100th anniversary of Colin’s birth I had the honour of recreating my many bus trips on the old McCrae Bus 6 o'clock special from the Central Terminal to Titirangi village in the late 1950s. 

I have such a vivid memory of Colin waiting on the corner of Wellesley and Albert Streets to take the hour-long trip. I would get on one stop before and we would often have short conversations about his paintings and living in the cold damp Titirangi Winters.

 I was 17 and I called him Sir.  

If only I’d had the gift of  foresight I could have said to Colin sitting there with the rolls of canvas he had between his legs and a flagon of sherry in a bag that one day in the long distant future I would be The Mayor of the City and buy his house and build a two-million-dollar studio on the side to honour his name and genius. 

To own a small McCahon is good enough for me and it speaks volumes to my love of the dark Waitakere night.

CONNECTING CULTURAL LEGACY WITH CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

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Rex Butler
I Considered All the Acts of Oppression
Donna McDonald
The Fourteen Stations of the Cross
Harold Jones
Muriwai no.6
Ted Spring
On Building Bridges
Areez Katki
The Three Marys at the Tomb
Rosanna Raymond
Jet Out
Rufus Knight
Waterfall
Megan Tamati-Quennell
Black Landscape
Nick Mitzevich
Victory over Death 2
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Victory over Death 2
The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy
Gate III
Grant Banbury
I Paul
Sir Bob Harvey
Dark Landscape
Young Old Girls (Christchurch Girls’ High)
North Otago Landscape 19
Sophie Bannan
Van Gogh - poems by John Caselberg
Linda Tyler
Urewera Triptych
Emily Karaka
Tangi. Muriwai
Robert Gardiner
Are there not twelve hours of daylight
Thomas Crow
Are there not twelve hours of daylight
Jude Rae
Victory over death 2
Brent Harris
The Family
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
15 Drawings Dec '51 to May '52
Salome Tanuvasa
Landscape
Yona Lee
Landscape theme and variations (series B)
David Kirk
Kaipara
Priscilla Pitts
Fourteen Stations of the Cross
Ruth Watson
This day a man is
Tessa Laird
Keep New Zealand Green
Nell
East window
Nicola Farquhar
Kauri trees
Hon Grant Robertson
Otago Peninsula
Jane Macknight
Untitled (North Otago Landscape)
Karen Walker
Titirangi
Wystan Curnow
The Green Plain
Philip Clarke
Necessary Protection (IHS)
Mary Kisler
A candle in a dark room
Ayesha Green
I AM
Matthew O'Reilly
Muriwai
Bettina Bradbury and Kararaina Rangihau
A poster for the Urewera no. 2
Al Keating
A Grain of wheat
Cushla Dillon
Entombment (after Titian)
Hamish Coney
Here I give thanks to Mondrian
Stephen Wainwright
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into the pure land
Sue Gardiner
Landscape theme and variations (series A)
Robert Leonard
Numerals
Judy Darragh
Clouds 1
John Coley
AS THERE IS A CONSTANT FLOW OF LIGHT WE ARE BORN INTO THE PURE LAND
Shannon Te Ao
Ka pōraruraru ahau. I am troubled.
Helen Beaglehole
GATE III
Ralph Paine
Jump E9
Judy Millar
Muriwai: Necessary Protection
Fiona Pardington
Waterfall
C.K. Stead
All mortals are like grass
Gretchen Albrecht
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into the pure land
Martin Edmond
Cross (1959)
Lisa Reihana
Urewera mural
Peter Simpson
Jet out to Te Reinga
Christina Barton
Gate III
Dame Jenny Gibbs
I Considered All the Acts of Oppression
Zoe Black
Ruby Bay
Jim Barr and Mary Barr
Oaia and clouds
Vivienne Stone
Tomorrow will be the same but not as this is
Kate Sylvester
Northland Panels