Helen Hitchings – trailblazer, muse, steadfast friend


Several Helens have figured in Douglas MacDiarmid’s life, but none more so than Helen Hitchings, who today is still regarded as one of New Zealand’s most influential cultural pioneers. She was certainly instrumental in furthering Douglas’ career, in ways that are not widely known. The tall, dark haired, angular artist and traveller and the vivaciously
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Why Do You Create Art?


An American art student posed this question to Douglas MacDiarmid while researching a college assignment. His immediate response was short and to the point: “Nobody creates art. The word covers what happens to any deep need to try to share the splendour of a vision.” Then, not wanting to shut down an opportunity to share wisdom
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Fraudulent reproduction of paintings


If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so important to protect a painter’s intellectual creativity and copyright, here is the classic example… This painting appeared for sale as a canvas wall art print in the homewares section of New Zealand e-commerce platform Fishpond not so long ago. Great to see Douglas MacDiarmid’s stunning Portrait of Constance
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Singular Genius – New Zealand Book Council review


Getting down to the nitty-gritty – a two-page review of Douglas MacDiarmid's biography in the New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa. One of 20 books comprehensively discussed in the New Zealand Book Council’s newly-named quarterly literary journal of record, this thought-provoking review was written by Christchurch-based art writer, cultural historian and poet Dr Andrew
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Book Review : Otago Daily Times


Lively account sheds light on life thoroughly lived   COLOURS OF A LIFE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DOUGLAS MACDIARMID Anna Cahill Mary Egan Publishing By JESSIE NEILSON Published in the Otago Daily Times’ Weekend MIX magazine, 08 September 2018 “As one early reviewer wrote of Douglas MacDiarmid’s work: “A canvas by MacDiarmid is a
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