The Ultimate Painterly Tribute


Every now and then, a justly life-affirming moment comes along. This is one of them… Art has a serendipitous knack of bridging generations and creative streams. For an aged, living painter such as Douglas MacDiarmid, being acknowledged as a contemporary inspiration in this out-of-sight, out-of-mind world comes as a glorious surprise. Simply mana for the
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Charles Brasch and the Landfall connection


From his earliest days as a university student in Christchurch, Douglas MacDiarmid fostered a wide circle of influential older friends he kept in touch with throughout their lives. None more so than New Zealand poet and publishing legend Charles Brasch, who was always piercingly honest in his appraisal of Douglas’ paintings and poetry. They became
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La Condition Humaine 2008


This vivid hot-air balloon scene has become one of Douglas MacDiarmid’s most familiar and evocative paintings. Not only is it the cover image of his biography ‘Colours of a Life: The life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid but it tells a lot about his life, work and interests. And, since it was painted, the back
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Portrait of Constance Sochachewsky 1948


This mesmerising face is a luminous memory mark of Douglas MacDiarmid’s post-war days in London. One of his best-known early paintings, Portrait of Constance Sochachewsky, wife of Maurice Sochachewsky 1948 depicts a much-loved friend who breathed vitality and high spirits into the young artist’s experience of the cold, often cheerless city of food rationing and broken
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Leaving New Zealand 1946


More than seventy years ago, on 13 July 1946, Douglas MacDiarmid first sailed from New Zealand - bound for England, and ultimately France. World War II was over and the sea lanes to the Northern Hemisphere were finally open again to non-military passengers. He was travelling as tutor to 11-year-old Buddy, son of his Christchurch
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