Barry Dabb - New Zealand Artist.


Objects and images from the studio

In 1999 Barry was given a tea chest of artists' materials and equipment that had belonged to his wife's late grandfather, a Dutch immigrant who had arrived in New Zealand in 1955. It included a role of canvas, several stretchers and numerous pieces of painting paraphernalia.

This suite of fifteen paintings evolved from, and are painted on those 'inherited' canvases in the artist's studio. They are a visual exploration of memory, ownership and displacement and a retrospective view of New Zealand art history in the 1950s when artists were beginning to explore approaches to modernism and abstraction most commonly through a diluted adaption of Cubism.

The paintings were exhibited in 2003 in the intimacy of the studio they were created in and surrounded by the objects they were derived from.

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