Artist Paul Sewter prepares to climb Ben Lomond on Sunday
to display an artwork which is contained in the
specially-made box on his back. Photo by Christina
The artist's plight was illustrated on the alpine climb
of Ben Lomond on Sunday.
Arrowtown artist Paul Sewter set off about 10am with a
specially-made box containing an artwork attached to an easel
strapped to his back.
The heavy contraption had already been carried up five other
Once atop the peaks he has displayed his artwork on the easel
and has documented the unusual exhibition series with a video
The exhibition, titled The Myth of the Sisyphean
Artist, is part of a wider purpose called the 7/11
project which aims to revolutionise the way art is bought and
Mr Sewter said while an artwork might increase in value over
time, the people to benefit were the buyer and seller, rather
than the actual artist.
The key to his idea is that the artist sets the conditions on
which it would sell, with the buyers agreeing to the terms.
The final climb for Mr Sewter and his artwork is Sisyphus
Peak, near Lake Wanaka, which is planned for Easter weekend
and would be the most challenging yet.
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was forced by the gods to push a
giant boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll down again, as
In February the Queenstown Times spoke to Mr Sewter
before he climbed his first peak, on Lake Wakatipu's Pigeon
He referred to French philosopher Albert Camus, author of
The Myth of Sisyphus, who wrote Sisyphus' punishment
was misjudged because the activity gave Sisyphus purpose and
he could be happy in a state of contented acceptance.
Mr Sewter specialises in digital painting and uses words to
create a virtual paintbrush. He graduated from London's
Camberwell College of Arts in 2007 with an MA (distinction),
specialising in digital painting.