By Deb Haworth. April 16, 2013. AUT online magazine.
An exhibition of Grahame Sydney’s photography and lithography can be viewed at Jonathon Grant Gallery in Parnell until April 25. Sydney is considered one of New Zealand’s most important artists and was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to painting in 2003. Gallery owner Jonathon Gooderham says he is such an important artist because, “no one else can paint the atmosphere of an Otago landscape like he can”. “He is instantly recognisable.
New Zealand Listener, 28 February 2013.
Grahame Sydney, artist, friend: “Many friends and admirers will remark on Ralph’s innate humility and generosity, and as a student at the University of Otago University in the late 1960s I had first-hand experience of both. Continue reading
The Herald, 17 January 2013.
Antarctica’s barren environment has flummoxed and troubled artists for five decades – not least because its cold prevents them from gripping a pencil or paintbrush. Nearly 50 New Zealand novelists, poets, painters, sculptors, composers and photographers [including Grahame Sydney] have been invited to document the ice since 1957, with few undaunted by the assignment. Continue reading
The Press, 15 November 2012
A Grahame Sydney painting has sold at auction for a record price, but less than what art experts predicted.
One of Grahame Sydney’s most famous paintings, Night House II, sold for $160,000 at an auction in Wellington last night. Continue reading
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In October Grahame Sydney delivered the Otago University’s ‘Michael King Memorial Lecture’ to a crowd of over 250. Entitled ‘Regionalism Forever: Reflections on my Backyard’ the lecture was dedicated to the memory of artist Don Binney. Read the full lecture here. Continue reading
A selection of Grahame’s photographs have recently been on display at Diversion Gallery, Picton and at the Whangarei Art Musuem.
A copy of Grahame’s talk presented to the Photographic Society of NZ Conference in April 2012: Continue reading
Just under 90,000 visited the Pataka complex during Grahame Sydney’s exhibition ‘Down South: Recent Paintings 2001 – 2011’. Featuring 27 landscapes the exhibition, ran from October 2011 to February 2012.
Pataka Exhibition Catalogue (6.2 MB)
Southland Times, 20 March 2012.
The Photography Society of New Zealand’s 60th national conference will be held in Invercargill next month, hosted by the Southland Photographic Society. Guest speakers include artist Grahame Sydney, astrophotographer Stephen Voss and nature photographer Kevin Tyree. Continue reading
National Business Review. 31 January 2012. John Daly-Peoples.
For nearly forty years Grahame Sydney has painted the landscapes of Central Otago with many of his paintings becoming as well known as the landscapes he has portrayed such as the hills of the Maniototo and the shed at the Wedderburn railway siding. Continue reading
‘Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago’ was released in late 2011 by Penguin New Zealand. The photographic book captures some of Grahame’s favourite parts of Central Otago. A number of the images have also been produced as Limited Edition photographs. Continue reading
Grahame features as a special guest on Sam Neil’s Two Paddocks website where he names his top ten tunes ever.
Southland Times. 10 December 2011. Kim Bowden
For his latest collection, artist Grahame Sydney has ditched his usual canvas and paints to capture the seductive austerity of the land he loves on film. The result: a coffee-table book of photos that will make people look twice at the open, barren landscapes of Central Otago. Continue reading
The Otago Daily Times. Islay McLeod. 02 December 2011.
Some of my fondest memories of Dad are sitting beside him driving like a bat out of hell along Central’s long shingle roads, both of us singing our hearts out. Continue reading
The Press. 25 November 2011. Christopher Moore.
Review ‘ Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago’. He is one of New Zealand’s best known artists. Now Grahame Sydney has turned to the camera to record his heartland – the vast expanses of Central Otago. Grahame Sydney can testify to the still potent power of that old force Genius Loci – the spirit of the place. Continue reading
D-Photo. December Edition. Vicki Jayne.
Creation or capture? Is digital wizardry blurring the distinction between painting and photography? Vick Jayne asks well know artist and photographer Grahame Sydney. Continue reading
D-Photo. December Edition. Vicki Jayne.
Review ‘Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago’: More meditation than pictorial essay, Grahame Sydney’s photographs reflect his long love affair with the Central Otago landscapes he has been capturing on canvas for the past three decades. Continue reading
Gisborne Herald. 18 November 2011
There is a misty eyed reverence amongst those whose hearts and souls belong to Central Otago. In his beautifully written introduction, artist-photographer Grahame Sydney describes his book as a ‘hymn’ to the ‘unique beauty, seductive austerity and magnificent seasonal extremes’ of Otago’s heartland, so I instantly recognised him as a kindred spirit. Continue reading
Beatties Book Blog http://beatties.blogspot.com/ 15 November 2011
Review ‘Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago’: From one of New Zealand’s best-loved artists comes this stunning collection of photographs of Central Otago, providing a new perspective on the beautiful and varied landscape of the region. Continue reading
North & South. December 2011 Edition. Mike White.
Review ‘Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago’: This photographic ode to Central Otago from one of New Zealand’s most famous living artists is produced with the unique eye Sydney has for the world around him. Continue reading
D Scene. 02 November 2011. Mike Houlahan.
Best known for photo realistic landscapes, painter Grahame Sydney has taken to the camera for his latest book. Famed artist Grahame Sydney doesn’t have to look far for inspiration: the view from his backyard does the job nicely. Continue reading
The Dominion Post. 03 November 2011.
Art lovers from Porirua and around the Wellington region are being treated with a rare public exhibition of both paintings and photographs by renowned Central Otago landscape artist Grahame Sydney. Continue reading
The Otago Daily Times. 29 October 2011. Shane Gilchrist.
Grahame Sydney has put down his paintbrushes in favour of photography for his latest book, a personal tribute to Central Otago. Shane Gilchrist reports. Grahame Sydney, once again, has been looking for gold in his backyard. Continue reading
The Mountain Scene. 27 October 2011. Frank Marvin.
You can judge a book by its cover – when the author is Grahame Sydney and Queenstown’s threatened Nevis Valley graces the front. New photographic work Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago is simply the man and his camera chronicling an enduring love affair with the Nevis and other Central Otago scenes which Sydney variously labels austere, raw, bleak, remote and harsh. Continue reading