TIME XII: Contemporary Manipulated Anger 1982

Synaesthesia – the power of words


The opening page of Douglas MacDiarmid’s biography ‘Colours of a Life’ reveals that he has always seen things in colour – even the days of the week. It turns out there is a name for this state of being: synaesthesia…a neurological trait or condition that results in a joining or merging of senses that aren't
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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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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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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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Dr Gordon MacDiarmid 1945

Dr Gordon Napier MacDiarmid


Like most children, Douglas MacDiarmid didn’t appreciate his father and mother when he was young, and wasn’t remotely interested in their aspirations or opinions. In fact, it wasn’t until he was well into his 30s that he started to appreciate how blessed he had been to have such cultured, progressive and supportive parents, and loved
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