Peter Simpson's review of the biographies of Douglas MacDiarmid and Theo Schoon, published in the New Zealand Herald on Saturday 10 November, 2018.

New Zealand Herald review – Biographies fill missing bits of jigsaw

Thank you to Peter Simpson for his review of the life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid, published in the New Zealand Herald on Saturday 10 November, 2018. Biographies fill missing bits of jigsaw Reviewed by Peter Simpson These welcome books have much in common; both are well-researched, high quality biographies of substantial New Zealand artists from last century.
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Douglas MacDiarmid photomontage for 96th birthday. See photos and descriptions at

Douglas MacDiarmid turns 96

November is major birthday month in the rue Cavallotti household, with Douglas MacDiarmid delighted to turn 96 on the 14th of the month, and his partner Patrick celebrating his 87th milestone a fortnight later on the 29th. Ninety-six is indeed a time of quiet reflection on a life well led, but what a week of well-wishings
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Art News New Zealand Spring 2018

Book Review: Art News New Zealand

Tremendous book reviews of ‘Colours of a Life: The life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid’ continue to appear in New Zealand publications now and then, including this recent appraisal in New Zealand’s largest art publication. Here is what the Spring 2018 edition of Art News New Zealand had to say about the biography: "In his foreword, Leonard
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A message from Douglas MacDiarmid in Paris

Video message from Douglas MacDiarmid about writing his biography

Here is a video message from New Zealand expatriate painter Douglas MacDiarmid about the process of writing his biography Colours of a Life with his biographer and niece Anna Cahill. Recorded in Paris in May 2018, this message captured the attention of those who attended the book launches in Wellington and Auckland in July 2018.
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Uiginish House, Dunvegan

Uiginish House, Dunvegan (on the Isle of Skye), is the ancestral home of New Zealand painter Douglas MacDiarmid’s mother's family, the Tolmes of Uiginish - and this unassuming landscape has great personal significance for the artist. Built in the 1770s in the style of many houses of the era, the massive three storey stone residence,
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Life and Times of Douglas MacDiarmid biography

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