He's done a lot since then, but to me John Reynolds will always be the artist who walked from the Arts Centre into town to buy a roll of film,* but was so entranced by the beauty of fallen leaves in the Avon River that he used it all up on the way back.
*Yes, that long ago - in 1996 to be exact, when he was installing the sprawling, exquisite Millenium exhibition at the McDougall Contemporary Art Annex.
A new exhibition by Reynolds, on at PaperGraphica Gallery until 13 August, features a 24-part work in oil stick that combines a cloudburst motif with phrases from T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. Accompanied by The Violet Hour, a sequence of 24 individual drawings that also references Eliot's work, The Wasteland evokes Reynolds's more recent experience of Christchurch – particularly its battered and chaotic post-quake cityscape.