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  Auckland.   2006 - 2018

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Though I've said it many times - here I go again - the philosophy, the raison d'etre...

  I'd seen Auckland painted so many times, but never the way I thought it could be painted.  I wanted to work in the mad mix of Edwardian shop fronts, old villas, with the sub-tropic fauna and volcanoes.  And instead of having the usual one viewpoint thing - how about multiple viewpoints?  A painting with a dozen different vanishing points?   So I've tried to  make paintings that are like a memory of a day's travel - not just the view fro one standpoint which has been, let's face it, done to death.  I chose old cars because they looked better, not from any nostalgia.  I used acrylic paint because it dries quickly and lends itself to the graphic, hard-colour quality I wanted.  I guess the main influences here were Russian and Greek folk-Art, The American Regionalists, and somewhere in there...  old board game covers.   The first one here was finished in 2006, but I still do them, though not often.  I still keep meaning to say goodbye to the whole thing with one or two very large, 'goodbye' kind of pieces.    Summing up pieces, as it were.  We'll see.


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Ponsonby, any given Sunday.   Acrylic on canvas. 88 x 65 cm.  2006.    The first one I did in the series, and the first large piece I finished when I got back from Crete.  That's a Holden FJ in the front, by the way.  Not a VW, not a Morris 100.

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Big City Small World.  90 x 73 cm.  Probably the best title I ever thought of.  A very nice young couple that worked in a bank bought this piece.  A couple of months later, BNZ come out with a new slogan - "Auckland - the big little city. " No bull.

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Vauxhall, Friday Night.  2007.  The night scenes really appeal to me, though they are a harder sell.  The car is a 1936(?) Vauxhall, powering through the night.  A friend of mine had one of these that didn't actually go.  It was built like a tank. 


Red Lambretta.  72 x 53.  The title refers to of course the scooter in the bottom right of the picture.  They were the lesser-known Italian scooter make.

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Mt Hobson.  72 x 56 cm.  Painted on illustration board, which is great for detail.  I liked doing the tools in the truck, the washing line, the kid's trolley.

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Two -Tone Hillman.  39 x 73 cm, on plywood.  The main influncers here was 1. - cute old cars that had swish paint jobs and 2. - those old Flemish altarpieces with their wings.  I thought it would be a fun format to paint in, to try and squish everything in that narrow space.

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Small landscape, on ply.  This piece got stolen.

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I thought I'd loosen up, and do a Raoul Dufy take on one of my landscapes.  Fun to do, interesting possibilities and I might do more later.  


Morning.  122 x 86.  On mdf.  And this is me getting serious again.  One of those Magnum Opuses I try to do now and again.  Kind of an International Cartoon Gothic, it you will.

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Summer Night Drive. Canvas, 120 x 72.  I like this one.  Took me ages. Again, I'd like to do more like this, and there is always that itch to do a really big  one, one that would be almost  immersive.

Night with Sunbeam.  (that's the brand of car.)  Acrylic on card, 30 x 68 cm.  A rougher, blunter approach as the paint was very gloopy.  Not good for detail, but fun to use.


Humber Hawk.  28 x 36 cm.  Acrylic on ply.  More detailed, going sort of Gothic (again) on this one.

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