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Cass gets another working over in the urban art show Oi, you! currently on in Nelson.

Milton Springsteen Beefed up

Milton Springsteen Beefed up

This print is yours for a mere $115. It's one of a number of Kiwi classics given a bit of street treatment by Milton Springsteen. Oi, you is on at Founders Park, Nelson until 24 October.

And of course we can sell you a print of the real thing for $35, including delivery.


Rita Angus Cass

In 1930s New Zealand there was wide discussion about what was unique about the New Zealand situation; what it was that made us different from the rest of the world. Artists and writers began exploring ways to identify our national identity. A number of artists began painting the Canterbury High Country, most famously Rita Angus and her landscape painting of the railway station at Cass. One reviewer in 1936 observed that there was a new quality in the landscapes exhibited in Christchurch that seemed ‘to consist in a removal of the romantic mists which used to obscure mountains and the Canterbury countryside generally. The light now is clear and hard, the colours are in flat planes, and the effect is of seeing the country through a gem-like atmosphere. There is also a new romantic standpoint – an insistence on the isolation and brooding loneliness of the hills.’ It’s a statement that certainly rings true with the Canterbury paintings of Rita Angus, Leo Bensemann, Louise Henderson, Rata Lovell-Smith and Bill Sutton.

(March 2018)