Wayne Youle's The Saviour

Wayne Youle's The Saviour

Many months after the major February earthquake, we were told by the authorities that we were allowed to salvage whatever we could from our business – provided it fitted into a single wheelie bin.

Russell Clark's Cabbage Tree in Flower

Russell Clark's Cabbage Tree in Flower

I wasn’t familiar with Russell Clark’s work until I looked through the Gallery’s online collection, but I found myself immediately attracted to this painting because of its subject.

Peter Roche's Untitled 2011

Peter Roche's Untitled 2011

Since I moved to Christchurch quite recently, I don’t have a particular old friend in the collection that I miss spending time with. However, I do have fond memories of my first visit to Christchurch as a University of Otago student during the summer holidays.

Frances Hodgkins's Pleasure Garden 1932

Frances Hodgkins's Pleasure Garden 1932

I see pumpkins floating through the air. 
I see apples, or maybe they are pears?
A lampshade, looking worn and rubbery,
Casting shadows over statues snogging in the shrubbery.

Petrus van der Velden's The Dutch Funeral 1875

Petrus van der Velden's The Dutch Funeral 1875

If I don’t watch at least three films a week, my life starts to feel unsettled. Five is a good average to see me through, but above all at least one of these films must be terrifying.