Ted Bracey

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1936, d.2009

Winter Horizon 78 No. 3

  • Acrylic on paper
  • 235 x 330mm
  • 78/09
  • 1978

Ted Bracey was born in England, but came to Christchurch in 1950 as a 14 year old and later trained at the University of Canterbury. He became known as both an artist and educator, founding New Zealand’s first tertiary level Art Education course and mentoring many younger artists. His own works were characterised by a strong engagement with the landscape, and a process that reduced its features and variations into subtle calligraphic gestures and luminous bands of colour. This work, made when Bracey was back in Christchurch after years spent living in the Waikato and painting its lush green pastures, captures the austere beauty of Canterbury’s winter skyline.

(Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art, 27 July 2019 – 8 March 2020)