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Auckland Art Gallery holds a large and significant permanent collection of New Zealand art. Alongside historic, modern and contemporary New Zealand art, we care for and display outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international paintings, sculptures and prints ranging in date from the 11th century to the present day.

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Landscapes by Colin McCahon

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Takaka: night and day
Takaka: night and day

Colin McCahon

Production date
1948
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
915 x 2130 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Rutland Group, 1958
Accession no
1959/9
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Six days in Nelson and Canterbury
Six days in Nelson and Canterbury

Colin McCahon

Production date
1950
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
885 x 1165 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Colin McCahon through the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1978
Accession no
1978/12
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Easter landscape: triptych
Easter landscape: triptych

Colin McCahon

On display

Production date
1966
Medium
PVA on hardboard
Size (h x w)
1805 x 605 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1981
Accession no
1981/26
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Titirangi
Titirangi

Colin McCahon

Production date
1956-1957
Medium
oil on canvas on board
Size (h x w)
890 x 1442 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, 2002
Accession no
2002/11/2
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North Canterbury landscape
North Canterbury landscape

Colin McCahon

Production date
1951
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
915 x 1080 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1960
Accession no
1960/24/1
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House in trees, Titirangi
House in trees, Titirangi

Colin McCahon

Production date
1953
Medium
oil on cardboard
Size (h x w)
533 x 608 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Una Platts, 2003
Accession no
2003/50
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French Bay
French Bay

Colin McCahon

Production date
circa 1954
Medium
gouache on paper
Size (h x w)
732 x 872 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1975
Accession no
1975/40/1
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Northland
Northland

Colin McCahon

Production date
1962
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1196 x 828 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/28/14
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[Carter Observatory, Kelburn]
[Carter Observatory, Kelburn]

Colin McCahon

Production date
1943
Medium
watercolour and pencil
Size (h x w)
255 x 194 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Miss L D Gilmour, 1990
Accession no
1990/1/2
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Upper Moutere, Nelson
Upper Moutere, Nelson

Colin McCahon

Production date
1942
Medium
ink and watercolour
Size (h x w)
240 x 317 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/22
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Puketutu Manukau 4: View within an oval
Puketutu Manukau 4: View within an oval

Colin McCahon

Production date
1957
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
216 x 267 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Peter Webb, 1958
Accession no
1958/3/1/4
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Puketutu Manukau 2: Puketutu from the beach
Puketutu Manukau 2: Puketutu from the beach

Colin McCahon

Production date
1957
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
216 x 267 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Peter Webb, 1958
Accession no
1958/3/1/2
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[Landscape]
[Landscape]

Colin McCahon

Production date
1972
Medium
acrylic on board
Size (h x w)
716 x 792 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/28/61
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Rocks at French Bay
Rocks at French Bay

Colin McCahon

Production date
1959
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1960 x 1925 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987
Accession no
C1994/1/210
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Yellow and black landscape
Yellow and black landscape

Colin McCahon

Production date
1962
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
1187 x 946 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist's class, 1962
Accession no
1963/12
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Headland with simple shapes
Headland with simple shapes

Colin McCahon

Production date
1961-1962
Medium
oil on hardboard
Size (h x w)
720 x 606 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of an anonymous donor, 1985
Accession no
1985/64/4
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On building bridges (triptych)
On building bridges (triptych)

Colin McCahon

Production date
1952
Medium
oil on hardboard
Size (h x w)
1288 x 3009 x 100 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1958
Accession no
1958/22
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The Promised Land
The Promised Land

Colin McCahon

Production date
Aug 1948
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
920 x 1370 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the McCahon Family, 1988
Accession no
1989/51/1
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French Bay
French Bay

Colin McCahon

Production date
1957
Medium
oil on canvas on board
Size (h x w)
592 x 1206 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1984
Accession no
C1994/1/113
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Landscape theme and variations (series A)
Landscape theme and variations (series A)

Colin McCahon

Production date
1963
Medium
oil on unstretched canvas
Size (h x w)
1750 x 840 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the McCahon Family, 1988
Accession no
1989/51/2/1-8
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Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai Beach
Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai Beach

Colin McCahon

Production date
1972
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
764 x 1272 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/28/58
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Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai: a necessary case for protection
Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai: a necessary case for protection

Colin McCahon

Production date
1972
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
549 x 1270 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/28/59
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Whale Beach II
Whale Beach II

Colin McCahon

Production date
1954
Medium
ink wash
Size (h x w)
557 x 760 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1966
Accession no
1966/3/4
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Necessary protection
Necessary protection

Colin McCahon

Production date
1971-1972
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
1840 x 2973 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
Accession no
L1998/28/60

Birds in the Collection

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A Gathering of Birds
A Gathering of Birds

Melchior d' Hondecoeter

Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1013 x 1073 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
U/113
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Tui over kauri, Te Henga
Tui over kauri, Te Henga

Don Binney

Production date
1966
Medium
oil and acrylic on board
Size (h x w)
1050 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, 2003
Accession no
2003/49
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Papa Hou [1 - Tui Collar]
Papa Hou [1 - Tui Collar]

Maureen Lander

Production date
2001
Medium
colour transparencies, fluorescent tubes, Perspex and steel
Size (h x w)
1750 x 590 x 200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2002
Accession no
2002/4/1
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Falcon on a Pine Branch, Rising Sun Above
Falcon on a Pine Branch, Rising Sun Above

Utagawa Toyoshige

Production date
1790-1804
Medium
woodcut - nishiki-e (full colour) technique
Size (h x w)
722 x 246 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M151
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Rest Area Limbo Ledge
Rest Area Limbo Ledge

W D Hammond

On display

Production date
2002
Medium
acrylic on board
Size (h x w)
1125 x 2090 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/9
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Magnetism
Magnetism

Michael Harrison

Production date
2002
Medium
acrylic on paper
Size (h x w)
295 x 210 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2002
Accession no
C2002/1/22/3
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Shy Veery
Shy Veery

James Havens

Production date
1949
Medium
colour woodcut
Size (h x w)
244 x 201 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1950
Accession no
1950/4
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The Bushman's Friend
The Bushman's Friend

Trevor Lloyd

Production date
circa 1925-1930
Medium
drypoint, black intaglio
Size (h x w)
254 x 124 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Connie and Olive Lloyd, 1973
Accession no
1973/7/89
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Pacific Frigate Bird
Pacific Frigate Bird

Don Binney

Production date
1969
Medium
screenprint
Size (h x w)
560 x 456 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
1970/25/1/11
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Paradise bird escapes bather
Paradise bird escapes bather

Pat Hanly

Production date
1977
Medium
screenprint
Size (h x w)
480 x 462 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 1990
Accession no
1991/19/48
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Rough Bird
Rough Bird

Gabrielle Hope

Production date
1954
Medium
watercolour and ink
Size (h x w)
464 x 556 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/2/1
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Apteryx Australis Mantelli Specimen, Mounted
Apteryx Australis Mantelli Specimen, Mounted

Josiah Martin

Medium
albumen
Size (h x w)
101 x 145 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1983
Accession no
1983/23/10
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Poe-Bird, New Zeeland
Poe-Bird, New Zeeland

William Hodges

Production date
01 Feb 1777
Medium
engraving
Size (h x w)
274 x 201 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2005
Accession no
2005/15
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Birds Mobbing an Owl
Birds Mobbing an Owl

Unknown artist Wenceslaus Hollar Francis Barlow

Production date
1799
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
136 x 186 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/323
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Warbler on Red Plum Branch
Warbler on Red Plum Branch

Unknown artist Andō Hiroshige

Production date
Post 1847
Medium
woodcut in black and grey
Size (h x w)
264 x 165 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M95
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L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird)
L'Oiseau Bleu (The Blue Bird)

Max Ernst

Production date
1967
Medium
etching in three colours
Size (h x w)
209 x 159 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1972
Accession no
1972/13
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Pipiwharauroa mating
Pipiwharauroa mating

Don Binney

Production date
1963
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
1219 x 917 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1964
Accession no
1964/14/1
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Pied Fantail
Pied Fantail

Thomas Gulliver

Production date
1919
Medium
coloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
182 x 132 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, transferred from the Auckland Public Library, 1932
Accession no
1932/3/3
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Black Backed Gulls
Black Backed Gulls

Percy Bagnall

Production date
1919
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
122 x 174 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, transferred from the Auckland Public Library, 1932
Accession no
1932/3/6
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Pied Shag
Pied Shag

Percy Bagnall

Production date
1919
Medium
colour lithograph
Size (h x w)
173 x 123 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, transferred from the Auckland Public Library, 1932
Accession no
1932/3/4
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Southern Cross
Southern Cross

Shane Cotton

Production date
2002
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
1400 x 1400 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003
Accession no
C2003/1/2
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For the true anatomy - Early Bird
For the true anatomy - Early Bird

Barry Cleavin

Production date
1976
Medium
etching, aquatint
Size (h x w)
274 x 314 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/44/13
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Blur
Blur

Yuk King Tan

Production date
1996
Medium
stuffed magpie, cotton, leather, ceramic, acrylic, paint, plaster, customwood, hair, glue, enamel paint and aluminium
Size (h x w)
1650 x 1120 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1999
Accession no
1999/32
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Whistler's Mothers
Whistler's Mothers

W D Hammond

Production date
2000
Medium
pencil, ink, acrylic
Size (h x w)
1400 x 1850 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2000
Accession no
C2000/1/25