Ceylon VIIIA 3 1974 by Douglas MacDiarmid. Oil, 76x56cm. Private collection, New Zealand. www.douglasmacdiarmid.com

Ceylon 1974 by Douglas MacDiarmid

Ceylon VIIIA 3 is an oil painting by Douglas MacDiarmid dated 1974. Also known as ‘Girls after Bathing’, this languid scene was painted from sketches of daily living, made during a 1973 visit to the island state, then newly named Sri Lanka. A New Zealand-born expatriate painter, MacDiarmid spent a month in Sri Lanka at the time, travelling
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Aotearoa III 2000 by Douglas MacDiarmid. Acrylic on paper, 76 x 56 cm. Private collection, Belgium. www.douglasmacdiarmid.com

Aotearoa 1990 by Douglas MacDiarmid

New Zealand expatriate painter Douglas MacDiarmid may have lived abroad for many decades yet his homeland has steadily grown in importance in his work in the latter years of his career. During 1990, while in New Zealand as an official government visitor for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation, he started a series of
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Witnesses of the Same Event 1966

Whatever are they looking at? Was it shocking? Douglas MacDiarmid has no idea, he was “much more fascinated by the heads taking in something we can’t see”. As far as he is concerned “all that matters is that the painting speaks to the person looking at it. What it gives them is what is true.”
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Figures in doorway, Guadeloupe 1975

This is an unusual Douglas MacDiarmid painting, a small glimpse of everyday Caribbean life in the French West Indies seen from an unconventional aspect. Also known as Baillif II, after the village in which Douglas’ partner Patrick grew up on the island of Guadeloupe, it shows his mother Lucienne looking out of her house at
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Portrait of Douglas MacDiarmid c1988 by Piera McArthur, acrylic. Collection: Piera McArthur, Wellington. www.douglasmacdiarmid.com

Portrait of Douglas MacDiarmid (1988) by Piera McArthur

Douglas MacDiarmid – as seen by a kindred spirit A visual treat from acclaimed New Zealand painter Piera McArthur’s distinctive brush, showing her friend Douglas MacDiarmid in a completely new light. MacDiarmid largely avoided the company of other artists, but he and Piera are creative soulmates. New Zealand artist Piera McArthur with her portrait of Douglas MacDiarmid
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