Max Gimblett

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1935


  • 1986
  • Pencil, acrylic polymer and metallic pigment on Arches Watercolour 555lb rough paper (France)
  • The Max Gimblett and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Gift
  • 762 x 1054mm
  • 2011/169

In 1983, Max took a break from painting and focused on his drawing practice. He began exploring shapes, and one that stuck was the quatrefoil – four overlapping circles reminiscent of a rose mandala found in cathedral stained glass windows. He has continued to paint it ever since. The symbolism of the quatrefoil and its meaning to different cultures and religions appeals to the artist.

(Max Gimblett: Ocean Wheel, 1 August – 15 November 2020)

Exhibition History