Don Peebles: Relief Constructions

8 April – 3 September 2017

Calm, enigmatic and elegant works of art by Don Peebles.

Arriving in London in 1960 and experiencing the ideas and works of British constructionist artist Victor Pasmore was ‘like a kick in the guts’ for the abstract painter Don Peebles. In England to look, learn and paint, Peebles became preoccupied with abstraction and began constructing his art using wooden shapes and Perspex, which he complemented with painting and drawing. He continued to refine this new style on his return to New Zealand in 1962. Restrained and elegant, his relief constructions emerge from the wall with a calm and enigmatic presence unique in New Zealand art. The exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most accomplished work from collections throughout New Zealand