Latest Painting – Wither Hills, Blenheim

Wither Hills, Blenheim. 2015. Oil on Canvas. 760 x 1530 mm.

Wither Hills Blenheim 2015

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Latest Painting resides in Permanent Collection, Wanaka

Grahame’s latest oil ‘Hawk’ now forms part of Bistro Gentil’s permanent art collection and sits alongside work by other New Zealand artists including Shane Cotton and John Pule. Bistro Gentil is located at 76 Golfcourse Road, Wanaka.

Hawk 2015

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Writers’ Festival, May 2015 – Auckland and Dunedin

Grahame will be guest speaker at both the Auckland and Dunedin Writers’ Festival in May 2015. Continue reading

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The Awesome and The Sublime

A new book on Grahame Sydney is far beyond what any public gallery could mount. The Sunday Star Times. 01 February 2015. Written by Hamish Keith. Continue reading

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Sydney Central

Empty and silent are not negatives for Central Otago painter Grahame Sydney, who past four decades of work have been collected in a new book. Continue reading

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New Book Out

Grahame’s new book covering his 40 year career as an artist is now out. Featuring over 200 paintings it includes many unseen works as well as his most loved landscapes and figurative paintings. Grahame writes about his childhood and obsession with art while Vincent O’Sullivan (NZ’s Poet Laureate) writes insightfully about his work.

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Small Oil Sold at Webbs

A small oil (40.5cm x 40.5cm) painted in 2003 titled ‘Trough’ sold at Webb’s auction house for $52,500 in late November 2014.

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Is this New Zealand’s Greatest Living Painter?

The Press, Mike Crean. 15 November 2014.

He may be New Zealand’s greatest living painter. Many people say he is. But Grahame Sydney claims his work is disdained by the nobs of the art world.   Public and critical acclaim means little against what Sydney calls art’s “elite curatorial and institutional set”.   The Central Otago painter is a fulltime professional, renowned by critics for his intricate craftsmanship and revered by masses who stare at his work and mutter in awe that “he has got it exactly right”. Continue reading

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Grahame Sydney Paintings: 1974 – 2014 – the Ultimate Christmas Gift Book

Beattie’s Book Blog.  Graham Beattie. 19 November 2015.

Grahame Sydney is one of New Zealand’s major artists, famous for his quintessential and exquisitely rendered paintings of Central Otago and the South. Underpinned by a conviction that artists should look first to their own place, his work over the past four decades has become known to large numbers of New Zealanders who recognise and cherish Sydney’s deeply felt response to this country’s southern landscapes.

This book contains over 200 paintings from Sydney’s 40-year career, including all of his best-known landscapes, his figure paintings, and his highly distinctive paintings of buildings and their interiors. The book opens with a perceptive and finely turned account by the artist of his childhood in Dunedin and the beginnings of his obsession with art, and an essay from New Zealand’s Poet Laureate and man of letters, Vincent O’Sullivan, who writes insightfully and lyrically about Sydney’s work.

A landmark publication, this book captures magnificently the scale and significance of Grahame Sydney’s contribution to New Zealand art and culture.

 

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See the Latest Painting

Motorcamp, Tauranga Bay.  Watercolour and Gauche.  560 x 740 mm. 2014.

Motor Camp Tauranga Bay 2014

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Auction Record for Sydney Painting

Webbs Auctions, Auckland, NZPA 31 July 2014.

Another highlight of the sale was Grahame Sydney’s masterpiece, Sunset Near Omarama (1994), which catapulted to a final price $170,000: the highest price ever achieved [via auction] for the artist’s practice under the hammer.

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‘Come and See My Etchings’: 20 June ’14 – 30 March ’15

An exhibition of the largest private collection of lithographs and etchings by Grahame Sydney will be on display at Wanaka’s Warbirds and Wheels  from 20 June to 30 March 2015.  Open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm until 30 March 2015.  For more info: warbirdsandwheels.com

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View the Latest Painting

‘Moonrise at the Shearer’s Kitchen’.  2014.  Oil on Linen.  840 x 1215mm.  Private Collection. 

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Auckland Photographic Exhibition: Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago

Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago Photographic Exhibition: January 31st – February 16th 2014.  Jonathan Grant Galleries,  280 Parnell Road, Auckland. 

For more than thirty-five years, Grahame Sydney has found his creative inspiration in the landscapes and people of his home province of Otago.  A regionalist of the old school, his paintings and photographs have become inextricably associated with the public perception of the South Island Interior and of Central Otago in particular.

Mon – Fri 9.30pm to 6.oopm. Weekend hours: Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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In the Good Books

Sunday Star Times.  December 29 2014.  Extract from Michelle Hurley’s reading picks for 2014.  “And finally, Grahame Sydney fans should look out for Grahame Sydney – Paintings (October 2014, Craig Potton Publishing) in what should be the major survey of his career, with an autobiographical account from Sydney and an essay from Vincent O’Sullivan.”

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A Life in Motion Pictures

Vicki Anderson.  15 November 2013.  The Press (GO Arts Section)

Prominent Kiwi artist Grahame Sydney has embarked on a journey into filmmaking, is working on a new book and reveals to Vicki Anderson the story behind a previous unseen painting he calls one of his ‘‘best works yet’’. Continue reading

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Quake Inspires Judkin’s Art Sale

07 November 2013. The Press

Art collector and former sports entrepreneur Robin Judkins is downsizing his life and his art collection in an earthquake-inspired change of heart. Continue reading

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Exceptional Results for the Grahame Sydney and AA Deans Collections

W T Macalister Gallery Press Release. 01 November 2013.

Exceptional results were achieved for both the Grahame Sydney and A A Deans sales held last week at W.T Macalister Gallery.  Both sales had record numbers of Telephone, absentee and commission bids, The telephones lines were hot all night. With Several pieces having more than 9 telephone and absentee bids alone, along with the buyers in the room this made for healthy results. Continue reading

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Floor Talk, Sun 13th October – Arrowtown Museum

A collection of Grahame’s photographs is currently on display at the Arrowtown Museum.  Entitled ‘Close to Home’ the exhibition is on until 27th October 2014.  To complement the exhibition Grahame will be giving a floor-talk at 4pm on Sunday 13th October at the  Museum. 

Bookings advised. The Museum can be contacted on 03 442 1824. SORRY: TALK BOOKED OUT.

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Different Take on Central Otago

James Beech.  03 September 2013. Otago Daily Times.

”Close to Home” exhibition in the Lakes District Museum and Gallery, Arrowtown, from September 6 to October 31 2013. Continue reading

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New Zealand’s obsession with ‘bird art’: Bill Hammond

Article on  Turn On Art: Global Art of the Radar.  21 August 2013. www.turnonart.com

Predominant focus on Bill Hammond but piece also on Grahame Sydney.

New Zealand art has for years been deeply influenced by the clean, green environment that surrounds its artists. We explore some of the finer examples and themes behind this kiwi fascination for nature in art. Continue reading

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Photographic Exhibition Review

Review by Laura Elliott.  08 August 2013.  Otago Daily Times.

Grahame Sydney Photographs: an exhibition on at Central Stories, Alexandra until 25th August 2013.

”Winter images” is proof that Grahame Sydney’s eye for light, line and colour, so highly acclaimed in his landscape paintings, extends also to his photographic work. Indeed, images such as the Winter Cemetery series reveal a greater sensitivity and pathos than is present even in his painted canvases.

Winter, Poolburn is particularly stunning, a study of an old willow tree wreathed in snow like a Christmas tree bedecked in tinsel, the frozen landscape turning an ordinary field into a scene from Narnia. The movement of clouds in Ida Valley Sunset lends an almost time-lapse effect as the sun begins to drop below the line of the hills, casting the lone tree into shadow and, conversely, spotlighting it at the same time. Past Lives, Nevis pays homage to the small poignant cemetery in the Nevis Valley, the sunshine gleaming brightly on the marble tombstones, standing clean and proud against the slow encroachment of rising grass and neglected fence, few other signs of human habitation visible on the rugged horizon.

A considerable portfolio focused on scenes of a Central winter could have been a slightly monotonous litany of snow, ice and bleakly naked trees. Instead, Sydney’s photographs are distinct, compelling and often achingly beautiful. The artist will give a floor talk at Central Stories on Sunday at 1pm.

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Grumpy Old Men…

Grahame has recently contributed to ‘Grumpy Old Men’: a book featuring contributions from 47 kiwi men.  Published in August 2013 by Paul Little Publishing, a percentage of proceeds will benefit The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Grahame Sydney Photographs on Display

A selection of over 50 of Grahame’s photographs will be on display at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra from 12 July t0 25th August 2013.  The exhibition includes stunning shots of Central Otago over the 4 seasons and a selection of portraits.

 

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Lexus of Christchurch

05 July 2013.  Grahame has recently formed an association with Lexus of Christchurch.  Most recently he was guest speaker at their recent launch of the new Lexus IS.

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