This article first appeared as 'Painting offers a multiverse of symbols' in The Press on 21 June 2017.
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Peter Robinson: I may be wrong about this, but I believe that we were the last generation to experience the primacy of painting at art school. What I mean by this is that when we were at Ilam, students had to compete to get into departments. As crazy as it sounds now, there was a very clear hierarchy: painting was the most popular discipline and afforded the most esteem, sculpture second, then film, print, design and photography somewhere down the line. Can you remember why you ended up choosing sculpture? And furthermore why you ended up being a painter? Do you think your training as a sculptor affected the way you think about or approach painting that is different to someone who was trained formally as a painter?
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US V THEM: Tony de Lautour
Welcome to the low brow, high art world of Tony de Lautour’s paintings, sculptures and ceramics.
This oval painting suggests space in which emotion is contained, a signature format for this abstract artist. Radiating colour emits an aura of intensity and physical energy, countered by rectangular shapes evoking order and balance. With its colour field of rich tones and underlying theme of emotion, this work reaches out to the viewer; the colour, form, gesture and idea all mixing to create a unified expression.
Gretchen Albrecht graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1963. In 1981 she was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago. Albrecht has exhibited in New Zealand and internationally for more than 35 years. Her recent work has appeared in exhibitions in both Europe and the United States, including the exhibition Decades at the Robert Steele Gallery in New York. A retrospective exhibition of oval and hemisphere paintings, accompanied by recent works on paper and editions, was shown at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and City Gallery Wellington in 2005.