Mid Century Modern: NZ Artists
Over the past few years we've been discovering some New Zealand artists. Best discovered when you're not looking, we spied this Ron Stenberg painting in a Cambridge gallery. Painted in 1974 we thought that the colour palette would be perfectly at home against our pink Hinuera stone fire surround.
Ron Stenburg (1919 - 2017). Ron had a Scandanavian heritage growing up in Eketahuna before moving to Auckland in 1929, eventually attending Elam. Depression in New Zealand meant that his path as an artist was through the Advertising Department at the iconic Farmers' Trading Company before a long period of residence in Scotland from 1960's before retiring permanently back to New Zealand in 1991.
Small boats were a recurring theme in Stenberg's works with examples dating from the 1950's to the early 2000's. Our example oil on canvas is titled 'Wharves Auckland' in the artist's handwriting was painted in 1974.
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When we're deep in consent documents we like to 'break out' occasionally to explore different ideas. Hand-drawn sketches have a way of connecting ideas and exploring the design mood.
This week we're thinking about Arrival. The moment when your visitor arrives and begins to discover your home.
Whether the public view or the public/private interface this is the area that creates welcome and interest in the design beyond the door.