• Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. Isthmus.
    Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. Isthmus.
    ISBN: 9780473325503
    Title: Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City. Isthmus.

    Since 1988, Isthmus has pioneered the design of culturally meaningful, enduring and inspiring environments, in that time becoming one of New Zealand's leading design studios. Well known for an ability to make a positive impact across a wide range of project types, Isthmus's works of landscape architecture, urban design and, more recently, architecture have created vibrant new communities, healthy new ecologies, and built environments that are simple in their expression yet rich in authenticity, value and culture. Over the last three decades the practice has achieved some of this country's highest design honours. Michael Barrett is a writer and editor who writes predominately about New Zealand design and its impact upon the built environment. He is a former editor of Landscape Architecture New Zealand, Interior, Prodesign and has contributed to a number of other publications.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Colin Mccahon in Australia (gordon Brown Lecture)
    Colin Mccahon in Australia (gordon Brown Lecture)
    ISBN: 97711765882X
    Title: Colin Mccahon in Australia (gordon Brown Lecture)
    Author: BUTLER REX

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
  • Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol. 1 1919-1959
    Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol. 1 1919-1959
    ISBN: 9781869408954
    Title: Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol. 1 1919-1959

    The extraordinary first volume of a two-volume work chronicling forty-five years of painting by our most important artist, Colin McCahon.

    Colin McCahon (1919–1987) was New Zealand’s greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon’s work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom. Collected and exhibited extensively in Australasia and Europe, McCahon’s work has not been assessed as a whole for thirty-five years.

    In this richly illustrated two-volume work, written in an accessible style and published to coincide with the centenary of Colin McCahon’s birth, leading McCahon scholar, writer and curator Dr Peter Simpson chronicles the evolution of the artist’s work over McCahon’s entire forty-five-year career.

    Simpson has enjoyed unprecedented access to McCahon’s extensive correspondence with friends, family, dealers, patrons and others. This material enables us to begin to understand McCahon’s work as the artist himself conceived it. Each volume includes over three-hundred illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of McCahon’s work (many never previously published), plus photographs, catalogue covers, facsimiles and other illustrative material.

    This will be the definitive work on New Zealand’s leading artist for many years to come.


    Dr Peter Simpson is a former associate professor of English at the University of Auckland. He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books including Colin McCahon: The Titirangi Years, 1953–1959 (AUP, 2007) and Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933–1953 (AUP, 2016). He has also curated three significant exhibitions of McCahon’s work. He received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (non-fiction) in 2017.


    ‘New Zealand’s foremost artist Colin McCahon is many things to many people: modernist, visionary, environmentalist, shaman, preacher, rustic provincialist, bicultural trailblazer, painter-poet, graffiti artist, teacher, maverick . . . Peter Simpson’s account interrogates as well as accommodates all of these possibilities. Guiding us year by year through the artist’s career, he offers a ground-breaking overview of the life’s work of a tenacious, brilliant and endlessly fascinating figure.’ – Gregory O’Brien

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-wheoki
    Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-wheoki
    ISBN: 9781776561094
    Title: Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-wheoki

    Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014) was a much loved and respected academic and curator of broad and varied interests, who made an immense contribution to New Zealand art history over almost half a century. His scholarship was matched by a terrific generosity of spirit and personal charisma. Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance is a remarkable tribute to his memory from friends, colleagues and former students alike. Its contents are as varied and interesting as the man himself: Victorian church architecture and liturgy, mysticism, the New Zealand International Exhibition of 1906, the Toi Te Papa exhibition of 2006, traditional and contemporary Maori art, and the artists Thomas Benjamin Kennington, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont and Emily Karaka are all included here. Beautifully illustrated and scholarly yet readable, this book is a powerful testament to the inspiration of a remarkable person.


    Deidre Brown
    Conal McCarthy
    Ian Lochhead
    Jenny May
    Robyn Peers
    Mark Stocker
    Katherine Lochnan
    Linda Tyler
    Peter Simpson
    Lara Strongman
    Sarah Farrar
    Roger Blackley
    Chloe Cull
    Karen Stevenson
    Huhana Smith and Penny Allan
    Caroline Turner
    Anna-Marie White
    Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Colours of A Life: The Life & Times of Douglas MacDiarmid
    Colours of A Life: The Life & Times of Douglas MacDiarmid
    ISBN: 9780473423834
    Title: Colours of A Life: The Life & Times of Douglas MacDiarmid
    Author: CAHILL ANNE

    This biography is the lively, persuasive and colourful story of a talented bisexual man who had to leave New Zealand to find a life as a painter on his own terms. Now almost 95, still resident in Paris, he is oldest survivor of his extraordinary generation of creative New Zealanders, and perhaps a missing link - the one who got away and slid under the radar for choosing to pursue a global career rather than a domestic living. Douglas MacDiarmid has achieved an international reputation as an expatriate New Zealand painter, long based in France but acutely in tune with his homeland. He defies labelling, acclaimed particularly as a superb colourist and for the diversity, technique and intellectual rigour of his paintings. His life and insights have the distinction of straddling almost a century of cultural trends and influences, in New Zealand and abroad. Just as the diversity of MacDiarmid's paintings has something for everyone, this book will appeal to a wide audience. Apart from those interested in art, New Zealanders making it abroad, motivational life stories of overcoming the odds, history and cultural change, the biography is expected to attract an enthusiastic readership among art professionals and students, collectors and entities, diplomats, and the still-marginalised gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Indeed, Douglas hopes his biography will be a positive example to encourage other conflicted people to follow their inclinations and dreams. More widely, this book is for anyone looking for inspiration to liberate their potential and dedicate their life to doing what they love. "My past is made up of so many different stages, so many different chapters packed with experience that goes from the most ecstatic to the most anguishing." - DOUGLAS MACDIARMID

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Colours of Joy: the Life of an Artist Told by Jeanne Macaskill
    Colours of Joy: the Life of an Artist Told by Jeanne Macaskill
    ISBN: 9780473324698
    Title: Colours of Joy: the Life of an Artist Told by Jeanne Macaskill

    a memoir of the life of Jeanne Macaskill, a well- known Wellington painter and art educator. She was married to Patrick Macaskill until his death in 1994, chaired the Wellington Community Arts Council, was a Vice President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, was awarded an MNZM for services to the arts and the community.

    Her life was remarkable and interesting. She left New Zealand to train as an artist in London, and with her first husband, a talented sculptor, planned a life in London and France. That plan crashed after Neil’s untimely death, and after 17 years absence she came back to Wellington, made a mark on the cultural life of the city, worked in tertiary art education, cared for loved ones, and was a noted artist. It took unquenchable energy and determination during which her creativity never lagged.

    It was a life with its full share of sorrows and joy. She was a warm, loving woman who cared deeply about people and had a gift for friendship. She had a flair for tutoring and mentoring people who wanted to develop their artistic skills. A number of people who are now accepted artists have said that Jeanne inspired them and gave them the confidence to develop their creativity. Over the years the number of art workshops that she tutored must run into hundreds.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Coming of Age Thirty Years of Nz Film
    Coming of Age Thirty Years of Nz Film
    ISBN: 9781869790196
    Title: Coming of Age Thirty Years of Nz Film

    This book is a celebration of how far the New Zealand film industry has come in the last 30 years of making home-grown movies. This has been a time when film has leapt ahead as an industry and gained recognition from the home audience - and from international audiences too. It is illustrated throughout with posters from around the world for the films we love. Contents: Foreword by Roger Donaldson The coming of age of a national cinema The roar of the crowd The celluloid journey What makes New Zealand film distinctive? How others have seen us New Zealand cinema 30 years on New Zealand film-makers talk about the movies they love 30 iconic New Zealand films Afterword by Robert Sarkies

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Company
    ISBN: 9780986459429
    Title: Company

    The publication 'company' is an extension of the collaboration between Blaine Western, Michael Parr, Matthew Galloway and The Physics Room which includes the gallery exhibition of the same name and an offsite work titled 'neither a window, opening or wall'. The provisional exhibition 'company' was developed by the artists in a transitional moment over December 2012 and January 2013 as the gallery moved to occupy the third floor of 209 Tuam Street. The publication ‘company’ documents the spatial, performative and material transitions of this project and includes a parallel text by Henry Babbage.

    Format: Spiral
    Price: $30.00
  • Cone Ten Down: Pottery Book
    Cone Ten Down: Pottery Book
    ISBN: 9781869537319
    Title: Cone Ten Down: Pottery Book

    A beautifully written and photographed tribute to New Zealand pottery and potters at the height of their craft. Over 100 photographs have been specially taken by NZ's leading art photographer Haru Sameshima and a comprehensive list of potter's marks will be invaluable to the collector.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Contemporary Nz Art 4~
    Contemporary Nz Art 4~
    ISBN: 9781869535759
    Title: Contemporary Nz Art 4~

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Contemporary Nz Art 5
    Contemporary Nz Art 5
    ISBN: 9781869537197
    Title: Contemporary Nz Art 5
    Author: CAUGHEY L

    This series offers readers a comprehensive view of New Zealand artists working at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In each book, 20 artists are represented and over 100 artworks are reproduced in full colour.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Contemporary NZ Art Vol. 3
    Contemporary NZ Art Vol. 3
    ISBN: 9781869534875
    Title: Contemporary NZ Art Vol. 3

    The third book in a series that offers readers a comprehensive view of New Zealand artists working at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. This volume features over 100 artworks reproduced in full colour representing twenty artists, both established and emerging.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Contemporary Nz Cinema from New Wave to Blockbuster
    Contemporary Nz Cinema from New Wave to Blockbuster
    ISBN: 9781845118372
    Title: Contemporary Nz Cinema from New Wave to Blockbuster

    Focusing on industrial and commercial concerns, questions of aesthetics and form, and the cultural debates surrounding nation and identity, the book surveys the full range of filmmaking in New Zealand. It displays the rich diversity of film production in the country, and in doing so highlights a number of specific contexts - Maori, documentary and short filmmaking, literary adaptations, the development of the national Film Commission and Archive, marketing and censorship, in addition to explorations into the place of bicultural relations, spirituality, masculinity and disability - that have created a cinema of global significance. Featuring critical accounts of internationally-acclaimed features like The Piano and Once Were Warriors, as well as the growth of the national infrastructure that made such films possible, Contemporary New Zealand Cinema is the most thorough study available of a vibrant filmmaking culture. The book also includes a fully comprehensive filmography detailing all New Zealand feature and television films.--BOOK JACKET.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $52.00
  • Converted Houses: Nz Architecture Recycled
    Converted Houses: Nz Architecture Recycled
    ISBN: 9780143567615
    Title: Converted Houses: Nz Architecture Recycled

    Remodelling a disused grain store, dilapidated railway station, school dental clinic or abandoned factory into a comfortable living environment requires dedication, vision and hard work - characteristics shared by the owners of these unique homes. From the unlikeliest of beginnings, character-filled spaces have emerged that imbue their owners' daily lives with a unique sense of history.Converted Houses showcases clever examples of New Zealand's early architecture being recycled for modern day living. Industrial and farming buildings, halls, chapels, community landmarks and even a cool store are among the clever conversions featured within this inspiring collection of innovative homes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • Cook Voyages Encounters: the Cook Voyage Collections of Te Papa
    Cook Voyages Encounters: the Cook Voyage Collections of Te Papa
    ISBN: 9780994136282
    Title: Cook Voyages Encounters: the Cook Voyage Collections of Te Papa

    Almost 250 years after James Cook first sighted Aotearoa in October 1769, world-wide interest in all aspects of his exploration of the Pacific endures. In this handsome book, widely respected Pacific scholar Janet Davidson details the collection of Maori, Pacific and Native American objects associated with Cook's voyages that is held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Corrugations: the Art of Jeff Thomson
    Corrugations: the Art of Jeff Thomson
    ISBN: 9780473235109
    Title: Corrugations: the Art of Jeff Thomson

    Jeff Thomson has enjoyed a career as a sculptor for three decades. He is best known for his work with corrugated iron, but as this book showcases, Thomson has corrugated many different materials.

    This beautifully designed 120 page Jeff Thomson book, with works from Penelope Jackson, Robin Woodward and Jeff Thomson, is published by Tauranga Art Gallery, 2013.

    Limited print run. Now available for order at Tauranga Art Gallery at the price of $39.95 per book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Cosplay Nz
    Cosplay Nz
    ISBN: 9780473277062
    Title: Cosplay Nz

    Synopsis/description: Cosplay is a hobby that attracts attention. For better or for worse, when cosplayers descend on an event they are highly visible, and act both as a free form of advertising for the event, and as a display of performance art. Costumes may be outlandish or deceptively simple, instantly recognisable or incredibly obscure; but all represent an individual's passion for creativity and for the character they have chosen. This body of photographic work examines cosplay and its transformation into a separate art form, and its representation within the New Zealand cosplay community.

    Artist bio: Sylvie Kirkman, hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, has been cosplaying and costuming for over a decade. She has won numerous awards for her costumes, including an international title with friend and fellow cosplayer Lucy Morris. After cutting her teeth on cosplay Sylvie went on to work in costume design and construction for theatrical and film projects.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00
  • Cover Up Nz Artists & Book Design the Art of the Book Cover in Nz
    Cover Up Nz Artists & Book Design the Art of the Book Cover in Nz
    ISBN: 9781869621230
    Title: Cover Up Nz Artists & Book Design the Art of the Book Cover in Nz

    Some of New Zealand's most eminent artists have also featured in some of our most significant books, and it's an impressive roll call indeed: Len Lye, Dick Frizzell, Gordon Walters, Hotere, Para Matchitt, Milan Mrkusich, Colin McCahon, Murray Grimsdale, John Drawbridge, Pat Hanly and more.Hamish Thompson's introductory essay to this comprehensive and handsomely designed book gives an overview of the history of book design in 20th century NZ and details the changing styles of cover art.The body of the book focusses on the work of individual artists, with a two-page spread per artist, plus biographical notes and full colour illustrations. A full index and bibliography included.Sitting at the intersection of art and graphic design, this book slots right into our highly design-aware era and will appeal to the general public as well as to design students, publishers, historians and art lovers.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in NZ & the Wider Moana Oceania
    Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in NZ & the Wider Moana Oceania
    ISBN: 9780994136275
    Title: Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in NZ & the Wider Moana Oceania

    A major new history of craft that spans three centuries of making and thinking in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Moana (Pacific). It tells the previously untold story of craft in Aotearoa New Zealand, and proposes a new idea of craft - one that acknowledges Pakeha, Maori and wider Moana histories of making, so that the connections, as well as the differences and tensions, can be identified and explored.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00
  • Critic's Part: Art Writings 1971-2012
    Critic's Part: Art Writings 1971-2012
    ISBN: 9780864739322
    Title: Critic's Part: Art Writings 1971-2012

    Wystan Curnow is New Zealand's longest-serving and, arguably, most important art critic. This edited collection brings together a selection of his art writings from 1971 to 2013 to provide the first comprehensive overview of his practice. Selectively drawing on his considerable ouput, the publication features Curnow's long form essays that investigate the stakes for 'high culture' in a 'small province' like New Zealand; major essays on key artists including Len Lye, Colin McCahon, Billy Apple, Stephen Bambury, Max Gimblett, and Imants Tillers; vivid reports on the contemporary art scene; catalogue essays and short reviews that offer insightful readings of art and artists in all their material and conceptual specificity. Both a map of contemporary theory and practice and a cogent agenda for thinking through the implications and challenges of making art here, this compilation is an essential companion for anyone interested in New Zealand art as it has unfolded since 1970.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Csa the Radical the Reactionary & the Canterbury Society of the Arts 1880-1996
    Csa the Radical the Reactionary & the Canterbury Society of the Arts 1880-1996
    ISBN: 9781877257940
    Title: Csa the Radical the Reactionary & the Canterbury Society of the Arts 1880-1996

    The Canterbury Society of Arts dominated the cultural life of Canterbury for nearly a century, and played a vital role in the development of New Zealand art. Whereas art societies are often assumed to be conservative and reactionary institutions that failed to nurture the work of younger or more radical artists, this fascinating and entertaining history reveals a different story. The CSA was formed in 1880 by European settlers resolute in their vision to nurture serious New Zealand artistic talent. From the start, the institution emerged as a vital and sometimes uncompromisingly progressive arts organisation that had, over its life, a total of 2259 working members. For almost 100 years the CSA provided valued support for the arts, exhibiting the early work of generations of leading New Zealand artists, including Petrus van der Velden, Raymond McIntyre, Margaret Stoddart, Rhona Haszard, Frances Hodgkins, W. A. Sutton, Colin McCahon, Michael Smither, Neil Dawson, Andrew Drummond and Pauline Rhodes. Directors and committees came and went, numerous obstacles and controversies were encountered, yet the CSA secured Christchurch's reputation as the artistic capital of New Zealand in the middle years of the 20th century. CSA: The Radical, the Reactionary and the Canterbury Society of Arts 1800-1996 invites readers to reconsider the history of the arts in New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Dawn Chorus
    Dawn Chorus
    ISBN: 9781988538105
    Title: Dawn Chorus
    Author: CHING RAY

    New Zealand's birds as you have never seen them before. World renowned artist Ray Ching has created a truly unique celebration of New Zealands birds and landscapes. Magical, humorous and beautiful, this is the imagined story of Aesop's visit to Aotearoa New Zealand, described by its creator, Ray Ching, as an Antipodean Fantasy. Told in six parts, the story begins with The Arrival, in which the birds of New Zealand scramble to share the news of Aesops visit. The second part, The Voyage, outlines Aesops background and life before he journeys to New Zealand. The third part The Great Bathing looks at the preparations of the birds as they ready themselves for the concert they plan to give in Aesops honour, while The Journeys illustrates some of the voyages the birds had to make to be there. Then there is The Concert itself, and once the birds have found suitable vantage points from which to watch the proceedings, the stories and songs begin. The final part, The Fables, follows Aesop as he travels the country making notes and writing fables based on the birds and animals he sees.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
  • De-building
    ISBN: 9781877375248
    Title: De-building
    Author: PATON JUSTIN

    The De-Building handbook accompanies Christchurch Art Gallery's De-Building exhibition (5 February - 15 May 2011), judged by Warren Feeny to be 'easily the Christchurch Art Gallery's finest group show since it opened in 2003'. (EyeContact review, 9th Feb2011) Curated by Justin Paton, with works by Billy Apple, Monica Bonvicini, Eddie Clemens, Susan Collis, Fiona Connor, Glen Hayward, Pierre Huyghe, Liz Larner. Gordon Matta-Clark, Callum Morton, Peter Robinson, Kay Rosen, Santiago Sierra and Rachel Whiteread. 'De-Building effortlessly rises above the specifics of its curatorial brief to take the gallery visitor 'behind the scenes,' instead addressing far more engaging speculation about the frailties of human behaviour and the tenuous values we assign to art. De-Building brings together an impressive line up of 14 artists from New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, France, the United States and Spain across four generations of arts practice for all the right reasons. It confidently shifts from an art historical treatise on conceptual art to a survey show of international practice to a showcase of recent acquisitions by the Christchurch Art Gallery.'

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • Deeper Shade of Green: Sustainable Urban Development Building & Architecture in Nz
    Deeper Shade of Green: Sustainable Urban Development Building & Architecture in Nz
    ISBN: 9780958287838
    Title: Deeper Shade of Green: Sustainable Urban Development Building & Architecture in Nz

    It is estimated that the building sector uses roughly half of all the energy generated in this country, a very high proportion of materials and creates huge volumes of landfill wastes. This means that to make a difference we need to look at how we build, how we can reduce energy use and costs, how we future proof our buildings and minimise their carbon footprint. This book is the first comprehensive step in providing assistance for all of us to make a difference to our environment and to lead more comfortable, cost efficient and sustainable lives within the buildings we inhabit. Editor, and sustainable architect, Johann Bernhardt, has complied essay from more than 50 experts in their fields into a book that covers just about every subject you would want to know about: The Regulatory Framework Regional Development and Urban Environments Residential Building Designing Houses for the Future Building Systems and Materials Sustainable Energy Use Water and Outdoor Environment Towards Zero Waste Commercial and Public Buildings Includes a foreword by Waitakere City mayor, Bob Harvey and 20-odd case studies. The book has been produced to the highest possible standards with colour photography throughout, plans, graphs and illustrations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00
  • Design Generation: How Peter Haythornthwaite Shaped NZ’s Design-led Enterprise
    Design Generation: How Peter Haythornthwaite Shaped NZ’s Design-led Enterprise
    ISBN: 9780994130693
    Title: Design Generation: How Peter Haythornthwaite Shaped NZ’s Design-led Enterprise

    This book tells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential industrial designers. Spanning five decades, Design Generation documents the development of Haythornthwaite’s career as a designer through his education, employment and private practices and his notable contribution to the wider field of design as an industry leader. Vivid case studies of Haythornthwaite’s work illustrate the extraordinary breadth of design projects he developed, many of which will be familiar for the reader.
    It will be launched with an exhibition in March 2018 as part of Objectspace’s Masters of Craft series, Design Generation charts the development and maturation of industrial design as a discipline in New Zealand along with the increasingly globalised forces that have influenced the way things are designed, produced and consumed in this part of the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works
    Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works
    ISBN: 9781869403430
    Title: Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works

    Alongside the large abstract paintings for which he is so much admired, Ralph Hotere has throughout his career produced countless beautiful figurative works - drawings and paintings. In this book Kriselle Baker introduces these works and presents a rich selection of 142 images focusing especially on the gorgeous Woman series, a constant in Hotere's work from the 1960s. These are wonderfully varied, many composed of the simplest lines effortlessly suggesting warmth, intimacy and pleasure; others have flashes of colour or denser lines. Also included are a smaller group of works from Song Cycle, originally drawn for a stage performance and evoking movement and sound. The introductory essay, in which Baker explores the history of these images, their distinctive qualities and their role in relation to Hotere's better-known work, is followed by a catalogue of 112 full-page images and a list of works.--BOOK JACKET.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Dick Frizzell: the Painter
    Dick Frizzell: the Painter
    ISBN: 9781869799700
    Title: Dick Frizzell: the Painter

    Dick Frizzell has reached iconic status in NZ - we love him, he's one of our own. Dick has a great story: After going to art school he found himself in his 20s married and with a young family to support. He worked in advertising until 1974, when his artistic urges made him leave the ad agency to take up working in the vege markets in the early hours of the day so that he could pursue his art. His paintings combined the pragmatics of an adman's need for a compelling motif with the visceral pleasures of expressive modernist paintings. His first images of gaudy fish-tin labels and comic strip characters caught everyone's imaginations. Dick's talent, energy and his deadpan humour meant that his art was highly successful. Dick Frizzell: The Painter contains all of his major paintings, the story of his life in his own thoughtful and highly articulate words, and an essay by Hamish Keith on Dick's work and its place in the New Zealand art world. And this paperback edition includes his latest paintings from the Rugby World Cup and from his collaboration with poet Sam Hunt.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Did You Mean to do that Architectural Cartoons
    Did You Mean to do that Architectural Cartoons
    ISBN: 9780473205898
    Title: Did You Mean to do that Architectural Cartoons

    This long-awaited book covers twenty-five years of cartoons from New Zealand's leading architectural cartoonist - Malcolm Walker: a chronicle of styles, ambitions and happy collaborations. Follow the career development of those perennial architectural contenders, Turbo Floss and Dollop, watch the Crass Corporation shape a city, and enjoy the vicarious pleasure of dealing with Council planning consent officers. Learn the secrets of design and the truth about clients and builders. See architects at work and play and in the psychiatrist's chair. Observe the untiring quest for jobs, fame and a refill at the annual awards dinner. Discover what inspires architects, and find out what they'd like for Christmas. All this, and more, in a book for anyone who has ever wanted to ask; 'Did you mean to do that?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • Doctor Grordbort Presents Victory
    Doctor Grordbort Presents Victory
    ISBN: 9781595824639
    Title: Doctor Grordbort Presents Victory

    Doctor Grordbort Presents: Victory - Scientific Adventure Violence for Young Men and Literate Women is the year's foremost journal of progressive armaments and weaponry! Behold the latest line of defense captured in action! Filled to the brim with firsthand tales of exploration and progress from the great heroes of our time, picture strips of unimaginable escapades on the frontier, never-seen-before portraits of dazzling damsels and monstrous villains, and laudable accounts of man and robot pitted against our greatest enemy (the uncivilized world), Victory is an onslaught of action-packed scientific adventure in full-spectrum color - containing facts that every boy and literate girl should know.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Drawing the Waitakere Coast
    Drawing the Waitakere Coast
    ISBN: 9781869621766
    Title: Drawing the Waitakere Coast
    Author: BINNEY DON

    In 2008 the famous painter Don Binney completed a suite of 24 absolutely charming coloured pencil drawings of Auckland's West Coast, from Huia to Te Henga (Bethells). They are evocative of the coast so many New Zealanders love and they are magnificent works in themselves. They are accompanied by text that takes the reader on an imaginary journey from Huia to Te Henga, commenting on the landmarks shown in each of the drawings. They also draw on Binney's extensive contact with this coast and with the Waitakeres in general: in early adulthood he tramped and camped throughout the area, he was a founder member of the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and he has often used his art to underpin his conservation-activist work. The book is a beautiful keepsake-small and perfectly formed, as the drawings are. Deliberately inexpensive, it is accessible to all. Lovers of the west will find it completely enchanting.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Dress Circle Nz Fashion Design Since 1940
    Dress Circle Nz Fashion Design Since 1940
    ISBN: 9781869621810
    Title: Dress Circle Nz Fashion Design Since 1940

    Contrary to popular opinion, New Zealand Fashion didn't begin in the late 1990s when four designers were sent to the London catwalks and created a stir with their stylish dark garments. Its history is in fact a long and rich one, and no one tells it better than the team of Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Claire Regnault and Lucy Hammonds, all three of whom are experts in the field, and who spent over three years tracking down our overlooked and in some cases entirely forgotten fashion pioneers and heroes. The treasure-trove of fabulous frocks, coats, ballgowns and bijou pieces they bring back into the light are stunning in their creativity, giving the lie to the notion that we've always been a nation of bad dressers. The stories they tell of dedication, passion, of triumph and of disaster are part of our rich history. It's a marvellous read and a magnificent resource, long overdue.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Dynamo Hum
    Dynamo Hum
    ISBN: 9780994130655
    Title: Dynamo Hum

    Foreword by Matt Blomeley
    Essays by Anna Miles and Francis McWhannell
    Conversation with Allan Smith and Denys Watkins
    Design by Index – Jonty Valentine
    DYNAMO HUM is an artist book by Denys Watkins, featuring his paintings from 2004 to 2016.
    Denys is a highly respected New Zealand contemporary artist. A long serving teacher of thirty-one years at Elam School of Fine Arts that, in 2011, he left to pursue full-time studio art practice.
    Here he turns his multifaceted interests to creating a book as art statement.
    From the introduction by Matt Blomeley:
    Dynamo Hum presents an enticing and rare glimpse into the practice of an artist whose work bridges several generations yet remains undeniably in the present . . .
    Completely resolved formally, yet liminal and mysterious, Denys Watkins’ paintings are the result of endless curiosity and intense labour . . .
    Viewed en masse, the effect is like a jukebox of carefully curated 45s, each work and title a modernist tone poem reflecting the fascinations and recalled moments of an individual with a voracious appetite for culture . . .
    Watkins has observed all manner of cultural artifacts in an artistic career now spanning five decades. Images, objects, textures, sounds and shapes, anything deemed relevant and necessary to a particular composition or series has been fair game within his visual milieu.
    The metaphor of music is especially relevant for Watkins; a keen guitarist and avid music fan. Recent years have seen him combining nature and abstraction. Reflecting his humanism and concerns for the natural world, the success of these paintings relies on carefully working out the corybantic visual stimuli residing within each composition until a fine level of balance is achieved. It is a compelling way of engaging with abstraction. Adhere labels as you please: on point, political, environmental, bricoleur, collector, craftsman . . .
    Discussing his work, Watkins says, ‘It’s a sort of tapestry of information, weaving in events and histories and all determined by the way the paint goes down, then embellished to construct formal visual activity.’

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • E Mervyn Taylor Artist Craftsman
    E Mervyn Taylor Artist Craftsman
    ISBN: 9781877338557
    Title: E Mervyn Taylor Artist Craftsman
    Author: BRYAN JAMES

    Portrays the story of New Zealand s greatest exponent of the art of wood engraving. His images have enduring power and beauty.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Eagle's Complete Trees & Shrubs of Nz (2 Vol Boxed Set)
    Eagle's Complete Trees & Shrubs of Nz (2 Vol Boxed Set)
    ISBN: 9780909010089
    Title: Eagle's Complete Trees & Shrubs of Nz (2 Vol Boxed Set)
    Author: EAGLE AUDREY

    This beautiful two-volume set brings together Audrey Eagle’s botanical artworks from her best-selling 1975 and 1983 publications. It includes over 170 new paintings, bringing the total number of plants to more than 800 - all in colour and life-size. Flowers, fruits, and other features are shown in superb detail. Comprehensive notes, written in consultation with expert botanists, accompany the illustrations. They provide up-to-date information on each plant’s habitat, distribution, identification, nomenclature, and more. This set represents Audrey Eagle’s life’s work. It is an outstanding contribution to botany in New Zealand - and an essential addition to any library

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $250.00
  • East
    ISBN: 9781877517020
    Title: East

    Stanley Palmer is one of New Zealand's most respected and enduring artists. Best known for his editioned prints, monoprints and paintings, he is strongly associated with locations along and off the east coast: Parengarenga Harbour, Matauri Bay, the Poor Knights Islands, Great Barrier Island, Mahurangi Peninsula. Many of his classic prints are of Auckland in the 1970s, before motorways divided the city and the old areas of Newton and Ponsonby became gentrified. More recent works focus on the easternmost parts of New Zealand--the East Cape area and the Chatham Islands. EAST is a sampling of 136 of Stanley Palmer's works ranging across four decades. From early woodcuts through Palmer's unique bamboo engravings, to his delicate monoprints and evocative paintings, this extensive collection celebrates the work of one of our most-loved and prolific artists and also our own edge of the Pacific.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $120.00
  • Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes
    Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes
    ISBN: 9780143771531
    Title: Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes

    Everything you need to know to build, renovate or just live in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

    With loads of inspirational photographs of New Zealand homes, this book is packed full of practical and accessible information.

    It presents the modern home by moving from room to room, to look at structural materials, furnishings and general life hacks to improve your personal green-star rating. As well as the living spaces (kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, office, living area, utility rooms and outdoor areas) it also looks at the wider issues - why make an eco home at all? Also covered are- principles of sustainable building, choosing a property, building a team of professionals, foundations and floors, the structure and the shell.

    In a compact and colourful package, this book is both entertaining and informative. A must-have for all people with an eco-conscience.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Eileen Mayo: Nature Art & Poetry
    Eileen Mayo: Nature Art & Poetry
    ISBN: 9781877375552
    Title: Eileen Mayo: Nature Art & Poetry

    Calling on the natural world around her for inspiration, Eileen Mayo’s extraordinary skill with line, colour and composition made her one of Britain’s foremost print artists in 1930s London, where she exhibited alongside the likes of Claude Flight, Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power. Mayo left it all behind when, in 1953, she abandoned London for Sydney then Christchurch, each move generating a new body of work. This is the first substantial publication on Mayo, publishing for the first time many of her exquisite neo-romantic wood engravings, prints, designs and book illustrations that continue to enthral and delight audiences.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Elizabeth Lissaman: NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter
    Elizabeth Lissaman: NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter
    ISBN: 9780994130662
    Title: Elizabeth Lissaman: NZ's Pioneer Studio Potter

    'Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter' traces the life and works of New Zealand’s pioneering woman studio potter. It is fully illustrated with over 100 images, especially photographed, of Lissaman’s pottery selected from private and public collections. Illustrations also include images of her designs and historical family photographs. The biography is meticulously researched and written by Jane Vial, and Steve Austin contributes an essay placing her work in the wider international contexts of art deco and decorative modernism, as well as the history of women’s art and social standing in early 20th century New Zealand. Together, this book is a definitive biography and art history of arguably the first independent, professional studio potter in New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Elizabeth Thomson My Hi-fi, My Sci-fi
    Elizabeth Thomson My Hi-fi, My Sci-fi
    ISBN: 9780958229012
    Title: Elizabeth Thomson My Hi-fi, My Sci-fi

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Emily Jackson: a Painter's Landscape
    Emily Jackson: a Painter's Landscape
    ISBN: 9780992245399
    Title: Emily Jackson: a Painter's Landscape

    A memoir told in the painter's own words, selected from her private journals and letters, 'Emily Jackson: A Painter's Landscape' reveals the inner life of a passionate and driven artist as well as giving an insightful glimpse into the Auckland art scene of the 1970s '80s and '90s.
    Mentored by Colin McCahon to 'paint abstract landscapes in a very free way,' Jackson created radiant and brooding paintings, which though reminiscent of her contemporary Toss Woollaston, were stylistically very much her own.
    Jackson's paintings are characterised by a sense of not quite being in a landscape, but of having been in one. Their movement is that of drifting, in memory, through different territories. At the same time, they are an energetic embrace of the moment of their making.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $65.00
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