Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935

Blue Ridge – Over the Wild Blue Yonder – Homage to Henri Matisse

  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • Pencil, acrylic polymer and metallic pigment on Arches Watercolour 300lb rough paper (France)
  • 737 x 1041mm
  • 2011/168
  • 1986

For the exhibition Untitled #1050 (25 November 2017 – 14 October 2018) this work was displayed with the following label:

“The artist is not the authority on their work. I mean I’m supposed to know something about it because I helped create it but I’m just one of the factors.”

—Max Gimblett, 2009

“The quatrefoil was born in 1983. It came to me in a dream and the quatrefoil said form me and paint me and I will heal you. I recognised it immediately as a mandala. A mandala is something that occurs in the mind as an image, as a symbol of wholeness. […] I see my paintings as part of Kandinsky’s modernism. My paintings exist to raise the spirit in the community and make for a better community. They are ritualistic objects of sacred value.”

—Max Gimblett, 2015