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This artwork is considered to be the first ‘photographic appropriation’ painted in New Zealand. It utilises a mass produced pamphlet advertising a colour palette for exterior weatherboard homes. Ian Scott copied a mass reproduction pamphlet of an illustrator’s gouache painting showing a nuclear New Zealand family gathered in front of their contemporary weatherboard home whose cladding is painted in pastel green but whose shadows are rendered as acid yellow. This is the sort of suburban house Ian Scott saw being built throughout west Auckland during the early 1960s.
The notion of re-employing existing brand and advertising material as the basis for contemporary painting had not occurred previously in New Zealand. It is no coincidence that the artist reveals his familiarity with collages such as Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? and Andy Warhol’s paintings from the Soup Can series (1962-1966).
Living in West Auckland, Scott encountered daily the mass suburban housing developments promoted by Keith Hay Homes and Universal Homes. Scott had been collecting brochures and advertisements for tourism, housing schemes and interior design. He particularly liked the Taubmans Paint Company’s homely colour cards that replicated colour schemes in a contemporary family idiom. By using found imagery and Pop ideas about everyday appropriation, Scott both celebrates and critiques suburban Auckland.
Colour Card Family is an important addition to the Gallery’s representation of New Zealand painting; it introduces humour, irony and an anti-parochial response to contemporary subject matter.
- Colour Card Family
- Production date
- acrylic on canvas
- 1730 x 1730 mm
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Nan Corson and Chris Corson-Scott, 2014
- Accession no
- Copying restrictions apply
- New Zealand Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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