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.