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Di Ffrench - Textures of Light


Wed 27 Sep 2017, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 28 Sep 2017, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 30 Sep 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Jonathan Grant Galleries, 280 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Jonathan Gooderham

Di ffrench is best known for her innovative approach and lasting contribution to New Zealand art. Jonathan Grant Gallery is delighted to present a unique series of works for sale from the artist's estate.

‘Inevitably provocative and striking in her technique’ is how Anne Kirker described Di ffrench in 1986, and again in 1993. Today, with the resurfacing of many of the artist’s photographs last exhibited in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s retrospective in 2000, Kirker’s statement still rings true.

Born in Melbourne in 1946, ffrench arrived in New Zealand in 1963 aged 16 with her parents. While finishing her high school studies in Auckland, she encountered the work of Scottish expressionist and American colourfield artists such as Morris Louis, sparking a life-long interest in art and art history. Her passion eventually lead her to the Auckland Technical Institute, where she garnered the skills necessary to pursue a professional artistic career.

Over the next twenty years ffrench traversed a broad range of mediums in order to confront and carve out new ways of thinking about gender, aggression, the environment and conflict, as well as art itself. Her innovative approach made a lasting contribution to New Zealand art, and secured her a reputation as one of the country’s preeminent feminist artists.

Standing in front of ffrench’s captivating photographs, subject to their textural charm and sophisticated exploration of concepts, it is easy to see why.

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