Max Gimblett

The Kiss

The Kiss by Max Gimblett

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The gorgeous silver-leaf surface of The Kiss reflects light but also seems to soak it in. Like a gilded icon it has a strong physical presence. Max Gimblett says this mirror surface is ‘about including the viewer in the painting’. Gimblett began experimenting with metallic pigments in 1982; the alchemy of silver and gold marking what he terms his ‘mid-life transformation’. Like Constantin Brâncusi’s 1916 sculpture of the same name, or the circular form of a Buddhist mandala, The Kiss is a sign of wholeness or ideal union.

Title
The Kiss
Artist/creator
Production date
1991
Medium
gesso, water gilded silver and lacquer on wood panel
Dimensions
1016 x 1016 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1994
Accession no
1994/27/3
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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