Melvin Day

Landscape, near Waiotapu

Landscape, near Waiotapu by Melvin Day

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This painting shows Melvin Day's early exploration of a more abstract visual language, which is began to apply to scene of the local area around Rotorua. Here, the thermal landscape is reduced to flattened geomentric blocks of muted greens. A sense of pictorial drama is created through the strong angular structure and acute angles of the hillside which lurch skywards. Day was beginning to explore modern art through books and in conversations with his painting partner Dr Wilfred Stanley and with John Weeks who travelled down from Auckland for painting excursions with Day and Wallis.

This work is one in a series of works Day painted of the area.

Title
Landscape, near Waiotapu
Artist/creator
Production date
1948
Medium
oil on board
Dimensions
571 x 396 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Melvin and Oroya Day, 2015
Accession no
2015/25/3
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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