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crayon, drawing, line, maps, orange, pink, trees

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Sun Tree Beginning

ArtistJohn Reynolds
Production Date1993
Mediumacrylic, wax crayon, and oil stick on board
Size2400 x 2400 mm
ClassificationPainting
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsabstraction, trees
Accession DateNov 1993
Accession NoC1994/1/435.1-2
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1993

Description

Sun Tree Beginning layers images and signs. A tree of life, whose raw, fleshy form comes from a 12th-century fresco of the Garden of Eden held in Madrid’s Prado Museum, is compared to a shaky diagram which could equally be a timber construction or a road map. John Reynolds ranges freely over grids and coordinates, his visual sources have an international scope. With lurid colours that evoke blood or advertising, he creates a map of veins, or city streets. ‘It’s an ongoing fascination for me . . . the ways geography and history get smudged.’

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Nine Lives
13 September - 23 November 2003
Curated by Robert Leonard

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