Neil Dawson

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1948

Seascape - Installation

  • 1979
  • Mixed media
  • Purchased, 1979
  • 79/379

Neil Dawson spent many hours at the top of Clifton Hill above the coastal village of Ōhikaparuparu Sumner, observing the reflections and shadows cast by sailboats and their mooring lines over the estuary’s still waters. Seascape is a sculptural drawing in space, and transforms that familiar panorama into something unexpectedly captivating. The suspended mesh cones – each with a tiny boat at its centre – echo the pools of light that changed colour and intensity across the day. Dawson, who had spent several years making toys for his young son, knew how simple but recognisable forms can let our imaginations take flight.

(Die Cuts and Derivations, 11 March – 2 July 2023)

Exhibition History