The Dunedin Public Art Gallery has been given, on long-term
loan, a substantial collection of artworks by late New
Zealand artist Gordon Walters.
Walters (1919-95) was a leading figure in the New Zealand
modernist movement and had a productive career over four
He was known for his fusion of abstract modernism with
traditional Maori art and stylised koru paintings.
''Walters is unquestionably one of New Zealand's most
important artists and we are thrilled to be bringing such a
comprehensive body of his work to Dunedin,'' Dunedin Public
Art Gallery director Cam McCracken said this week.
''We only have a relatively small number of Walters' works in
the DPag collection so, to bring more in complements the
gallery's collection perfectly.''
The long-term loan from the Walters estate included
significant large works on canvas, works on paper and
archival material, Mr McCracken said.
''The Walters loan contains personal archival material, so
will be an incredibly valuable research tool.''
The loan continued a century-old tradition of artists
supporting New Zealand's first public art gallery.
''The gallery's funds for the purchase of works are very
limited and we have been fortunate to receive ... gifts and
long-term loans from artists and art patrons, which have
enabled us to maintain and grow the richness and significance
of our collection,'' Mr McCracken said.
''Private patronage played a very significant part in the
development of this collection in the past and it is pleasing
to see that this kind of support continues.''
Trustee Gregg Schneideman said the Walters estate was pleased
the works would be cared for by a major public institution.
''We are thrilled to be working with the Dunedin Public Art
Gallery to ensure that Walters' artistic legacy continues to
shape and inform the direction of contemporary art in New
An exhibition featuring some of the works is being planned.