Michael Eaton

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1937

Image I

  • Purchased, 1993
  • Acrylic on board
  • 1220 x 1740mm
  • 93/32

In this work Michael Eaton has reproduced an image of the actor Sean Connery as James Bond, agent 007. Glued to the image are two toy plastic guns, mimicking the weapons used in the Bond movies. Eaton has taken the photo image of Connery and enlarged and repeated it in different coloured paint. He has used the benday dots associated with commercial colour screenprinting techniques of the 1950s and 1960s. The dot technique was also explored by the American painter and sculptor Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997).

Born in Blenheim, Eaton studied at the Canterbury School of Art from 1956 to 1958. He exhibited with 20/20 Vision and The Group in Christchurch as well as with the Canterbury Society of Arts. He taught at the Christchurch College of Education until he retired to paint full-time in 1988. In 1971 Eaton represented New Zealand at the XIth Biennale in Brazil. In more recent times he has also been involved with establishing a home and vineyard in North Canterbury.