Patrick a la plage (1979) by Douglas MacDiarmid

Painting Patrick


Patrick is Douglas MacDiarmid's partner of many decades, his other half who has taken care of day to day distractions to make it possible for Douglas to single-mindedly focus on painting. Eight years younger than Douglas, Patrick goes by just one name, like most Guadeloupeans. They grow closer as each year passes and complement one
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La Condition Humaine (2008) by Douglas MacDiarmid. Acrylic on canvas. Douglas and Patrick in Egypt.

An essay about Douglas MacDiarmid | Contemporary Hum


A Man for all Seasons by Anna Cahill | published 16.02.17 Now 94, Douglas MacDiarmid is the undoubted pioneer of New Zealand expatriate painters in Paris. He has lived in France permanently since 1951—much of that time in Montmartre—and forged a successful international career, continuing into his 90s to paint, exhibit and push new boundaries.
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Self portrait December 1948, oil, Alexander Turnbull Library art collection, Wellington

In his own image – how Douglas MacDiarmid sees himself


Self-portraits are amongst the hardest, most exacting form of art, especially if the painter is honest. Unlike the snapshot selfies of the me generation, these images are usually less driven by vanity and more by practical or analytical purposes. When no model is available, there is always that face the painter knows best – the
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Landscape paintings of New Zealand by Christopher Johnstone (featuring Douglas MacDiarmid)

Book extract: Landscape Paintings of New Zealand 2013


Even when deeply unfashionable, Douglas MacDiarmid continued to be inspired by the landscapes of his travels and gradually came to realise how much the wild volcanic country of his childhood resided in him. When the first edition of Christopher Johnstone’s Landscape Paintings of New Zealand – A Journey from North to South was first published
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Christchurch, March 1945 by Douglas MacDiarmid. Wells Family Collection, New Zealand

Tim and Sherrah Francis art auction – an unsurpassed MacDiarmid record


Twelve months on from Art and Object’s memorable Auckland auction of the Tim and Sherrah Francis’ vast art collection, the record personal prices achieved for two stunning early MacDiarmid oil paintings remains unprecedented. There were four of Douglas’ paintings in the late couple’s diverse catalogue sales on 6th and 7th September 2016, each expected to
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