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28 October 1989 —
26 November 1989

Gavin Chilcott:
Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions

Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present Work in Two and Three Dimensions, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott, A Rural Cabinet, 1988 (installation view). Cabinet.
Gavin Chilcott, Pots, Poplars and Scrolls, A Day in Feisole, Johanna, Jeffery and Self, 1989 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott, Pots, Poplars and Scrolls, A Day in Feisole, Johanna, Jeffery and Self, 1989 (detail).
Gavin Chilcott, The Necropolis (left), 1983 (installation view). Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 1300mm x 1385mm.
Gavin Chilcott, The Trophy (above), 1981 (installation view). Colour pencil on paper. 500mm x 350mm.
Gavin Chilcott, Dinner With Anish and Bill Star of India, Chelsea, 1987. Acrylic on canvas, wood construction.
Gavin Chilcott, Great Morning, Rise and Shine! Thanet Street, Bloomsbury WI, 1987. Acrylic on canvas, wood construction.
Gavin Chilcott, The Foundation of Venice I, 1984. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 1720mm x 1740mm.
Gavin Chilcott, Landscape with Cascade and Amphora, 1989 (installation view). Ceramic vase with cobalt blue decoration.
Gavin Chilcott, The Madonna with the Long Neck, 1982. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 1385mm x 1385mm.
Gavin Chilcott, The Sienese Primitive - Annuncio Ai Pastori, 1984. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 1720mm x 1740mm.
Gavin Chilcott, These are the Emerald Eyes of Another Idol, 1984. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 1720mm x 1740mm.

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This exhibition aims to explore some of the diversity of the work of Gavin Chilcott. The show includes paintings, drawings, furniture and ceramic works by the Auckland artist, now working intermittently between New Zealand and Australia.

Chilcott attended Elam School of Fine Arts from 1968-70 but did not begin a full time painting career until the late 70s. His work was significantly represented in the ‘New Image: Aspects of Recent New Zealand Art’ exhibition that toured the country in the early 1980s.

His artwork draws from a number of origins; folk art, artists from different periods, furniture makers, popular media and classical styles. These sources are reinterpreted and juxtaposed; regional foundations and autobiographical references are codified and made into a new language by the information filtered and altered within the works.

One aspect that this exhibition will focus on is the newly developing exploration into ceramic decoration. Occasionally this surface decoration has been seen on recently exhibited cut-out standing forms. The decorative inscriptions will now be included on ceramic pieces designed for the artist.

Past and Present will be a unique opportunity to see all facets of this artist’s work together in a single exhibition.

Press

→ Artists a world apart share gallery, New Zealand Herald, 02-11-1989
→ Life gives rise to art, The Settler, 09-11-1989

Ephemera

→ Gavin Chilcott: Past and Present, 1989, exhibition card

The gallery is closed for install from 29 January 2023.

Our next exhibition Who can think, what can think curated by Bruce E. Phillips will open 18 February 2023.

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