This painting is available for viewing at Ocula Galleries, Level 1, 25 Sale St, Freemans Bay, Auckland. Please phone (09) 303 3126 to make an appointment or feel free to come by the gallery anytime between 9am - 5pm weekdays.
As illustrator for the New Zealand Listener and New Zealand School Journal, Russell Clark’s art became part of New Zealanders’ daily lives from the 1940s to 1970s.
Clark attended Canterbury College School of Art, in Christchurch from 1922 to 1928, and then worked in advertising for 20 years. However it was as a painter and sculptor that Clark contributed to an emerging Modernist movement in Post-War New Zealand.
In 1944 he was appointed Pacific War Artist by the New Zealand government, and this experience in Polynesia and Melanesia stimulated his inquiry into Māori art and culture, culminating in the Urewera series (1949-1951). Ironically, these works also reveal the influence of British artists Henry Moore and Barabara Hepworth, particularly in the use of stylised monumental forms which in turn were influenced by Pre-Columbian and African art.
In 1947 he was appointed to the staff at Canterbury University College School of Art. Although criticised for his eclecticism, Clark’s association with 'The Group' and his Urewera series highlight his important contribution to New Zealand’s cultural development.
His work is represented in the collections of the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, the Auckland Art Gallery and many other public and private collections in New Zealand.
Scale View In Virtual Gallery
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Purchased directly from the artist by the current owners father, see additional photos of the artwork for a copy of a letter from the artist that is adhered to the reverse of the painting.
Signature and Inscriptions
Signed in brushpoint: RUSSELL CLARK lower left
Letter from artist adhered to the reverse of the painting.
Inscribed verso in artists hand: THE ROAD TO THE WEST 25 GNS
Also adhered to the reverse is a note from the owners father which says: I would like this picture by Russell Clark to go to Jo please. The current owner would like this note removed prior to sale so that she can keep it as a memory from her father.
View At Ocula Black Gallery
This artwork is available to be viewed in person at our gallery in Auckland. The gallery is located at:
25 Sale Street
Monday - Friday : 10am - 6pm
Saturday : By appointment
+64 9 3033 126
* You can also view any artwork being offered for sale in an Ocula online auction in 3D virtual format by clicking on the 'View in Virtual Gallery' link above. Our gallery in Sale St, Auckland has been fully rendered in full 3D scale format so that users can get a sense of scale for any artworks offered for sale through Ocula Black.
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Artwork Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Artwork Dimensions (including frame, if applicable): 68 x 83 x 5 cm
Artwork Weight: 10 KG
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