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A Talk by Dean Buchanan


Sat 16 Jun 2018, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 2 Harakeke St, Riccarton, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: Free ($0.00)
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Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Christchurch is very pleased to announce that we are exhibiting Dean Buchanan's Horizon collection from the 1st of May to the 15th of July 2018. Deans work features striking colours, that has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated, so please come down to the art gallery and view these amazing works.

We are also excited that Dean will be at the gallery on the 16th June at 2pm to give a talk about his work and some further insight into his work. Make sure you don't miss this awesome chance to meet him!

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for this special occasion. Please RSVP to or register online.

About Dean Buchanan

Dean Buchanan was born in 1952. As a child growing up on Auckland’s North Shore he was always busy, always drawing, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, images from the comics, vast jigsaw puzzles always on the go. By the time he attended Westlake Boys as a teenager, Dean was already painting, at school, and at home in the garage. And they were big paintings, two meters and more. Oils mostly, themes are drawn from Dean’s own fast-developing intellectual life and the seas of New Zealand suburbia surrounding Castor Bay. And he was running cross-country at Westlake Boys, developing the other great passion in his life, a delight in that physical exertion which leads to extreme fitness. Dean’s Dad was a drunk and didn’t like his painting. He left home and moved into the heart of urban Auckland. He was brimming with energy, passion and talent and dived enthusiastically into city life.

Youth culture was blossoming around the world. Long hair, rock music and too much alcohol. But Dean was also transfixed by line and colour, by the complex geometries of New Zealand landscape and bush. He still wanted only to be an artist. He had to develop his own unique style and voice. He cycled and walked. He painted. He climbed mountains and looked down from the top. He painted. He traveled to England and visited all the famous galleries. He painted. He and his wife Helga Strewe built a house perched in the bush-clad hills high above Karekare beach on Auckland’s West Coast. He gave up alcohol. He painted. He cycled, he walked the bush trails of the Waitakeres, he climbed mountains. He painted. The same punishing regime of work and exercise is maintained today, up well before dawn, painting in his studio down the bush path from his house, cycling, climbing, and always more painting. Dean has found his unique voice, his unique vision of the world around him and now as ever he seeks only to paint it.

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