Wotton has met and photographed many artists but there remains a stand-out.
“I’ve met a long parade of interesting people over the years, but the most colourful would have to be Douglas MacDiarmid. A painter, Douglas was born in Taihape in 1922 and has lived in Paris since the early 1950s. I first met him in 1996, when he came to the Sarjeant for the opening of a Whanganui River exhibition which included a suite of twelve works he had painted specifically for that show. Since then we’ve kept up the correspondence, and my wife and I visited him in Paris in 2008.”
The exhibition coincides with the launch of Colours of a Life – the life and times biography of Douglas MacDiarmid, now aged 95. The book is available to purchase here, at the gallery, or ask for it at all good bookstores throughout New Zealand.