Our thoughts go out to the family of Don Driver, one of New Zealand's most respected artists, who recently passed away.
I remember first coming across his work at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Logan Park: an old rusty pram with vivid floppy yellow pipes spewing out of the cradle, it has remained one of my favourite pieces of sculpture. Don became known for his sculptures assembled from everyday objects, often retrieved from the dump. Christchurch Art Gallery's first Driver purchase however was Painted Relief No. II (1972), an entirely different work from Don's early career, a work that I grew to appreciate all the more when viewing it on the collection storage racks alongside Julian Dashper. Julian was one of Don's biggest fans and Painted Relief No. II eventually went on display at Christchurch Art Gallery alongside Julian's drum-kit homage to Don titled 'The Drivers'.