Photographer Richard Wotton’s thoughts on Douglas MacDiarmid


Thank you Richard Wotton from Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui for your kind words in the Wanganui Chronicle on 1 August 2018.

Here’s an extract from Jaki Arthur’s article titled Sarjeant: Collections photographer Richard Wotton retires:

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.”

We were thrilled to have Richard Wotton photograph the Colours of a Life: Douglas MacDiarmid exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in July 2018. Read more about the exhibition or take a look at his installation photos.

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.

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