A surreal landscape given to close friends, émigré photographer Frank Hofmann and his poet wife Helen Shaw, before Douglas MacDiarmid left New Zealand in 1946. It has remained in the family ever since. Allegory says a lot about his state of being at the time. The war had ended in the South Pacific, there was
When Douglas MacDiarmid was young he was immediately attracted to anyone older, interesting, unorthodox – and preferably non-British. Multi-talented Dutch-Javanese artist and emigrant Theo Schoon most definitely fell into the exceptional category. He too was gay and had studied in Europe, a gifted painter, photographer and carver with precious knowledge and understanding of art trends,
This woman is the personification of one of the most cosmopolitan cities in modern day China, where old tradition blends with Western culture. Douglas MacDiarmid's great friend Eric Grinda, a film maker who made a documentary on MacDiarmid's life, work and beliefs called "A Stranger Everywhere’ in 2006, moved from Paris to Hong Kong a
At first glance this is a train carriage at one of the few above-ground subway stations in Paris, but don’t assume that is all this painting has to say for Douglas MacDiarmid is a master of the unforeseen. Look closer and you will see a mythical drama of grand proportions playing out on the platform.
Douglas MacDiarmid has always been an individual with a flair for the unexpected. In 1946, the war over, he wanted a change, something cleansing. Obviously, a gipsy escapade was in order, with his Christchurch landlady Blanche Harding, and her young son Buddy in tow. As he recalled more than 50 years later: “Next came an