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Karl Maughan Recent Works

10th March - 4th April, 2012 UPSTAIRS GALLERY

milford galleries queenstown 9A Earl Street

Preview Friday 14th October 5:30 pm

Tel (03) 442 6896

1. Canterbury (2011) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 1218 x 2133 x 33 mm

2. Loveday Avenue (2011) diptych; oil on linen, overall (v x h x d): 1220 x 1835 x 38 mm, stretchers (v x h x d): 1220 x 915 x 38 mm each

4. Southland (2012) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 1218 x 2133 x 33 mm

3. Riverena (2010) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 1220 x 1830 x 35 mm

5. Tiritea (2012), oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 1830 x 1830 x 33 mm

6. Pohangina East (2011) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 915 x 915 x 33 mm

7. Pohangina West (2011) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 915 x 915 x 33 mm

8. Awahou North (2011) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 915 x 710 x 33 mm

9. Awahou South (2011) oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 915 x 710 x 33 mm

10. Hiwinui (2010/11), oil on linen, stretcher (v x h x d): 557 x 556 x 33 mm



Canterbury (2011)



Southland (2012)



Riverena (2010)



Loveday Avenue (2011)



Tiritea (2012)



Pohangina East (2011)



Pohangina West (2011)



Awahou North (2011)



Awahou South (2011)



Hiwinui (2010/11)


All prices are NZD and include GST; Prices are current at the time of the exhibition

Maughan masterfully combines invention and naturalism. His carefully constructed garden scenes merge the natural world with one of order, balance and control; the cultivated ideal. When engaging with the work there is a real sense of being there. Both aesthetically and emotionally pleasing, Maughan’s paintings have a richness of colour, clarity of form and sharp perspective that entices the viewer to the subject-matter. Compositional elements such as the trees in the foreground of ‘Riverena’, garden paths and deep shadows draw the viewer into the work, and make it seem very possible to look through the branches, around the corner of the rhododendron, or beneath the shadows to the pebbles on the cool ground below. The large-scale works are all encompassing. ‘Canterbury’, ‘Southland’ and ‘Loveday Avenue’ show a panoramic landscape and the life-like scale of the works give the sense that this is only a window to the vast garden beyond, there is far more than the eye can see. The viewer is compelled to move toward the work, to experience the garden and in doing so is confronted with a tactile and abstracted painting surface. “What originally appeared to be hyperrealism is actually broad dashes of paint. Up close these works are like impressionist paintings, a combination of gestural marks, pointillism, and the white of the canvas which gives the work its shimmering light.”(1) Maughan’s ability to capture light and shadow is reminiscent of impressionist Masters and describes succinctly the mood and the time of day, whether in the dark contrasting shadow of the late afternoon ‘Awahou North’ or in the bright midday sun ‘Hiwinui’ and ‘Riverena’. 1.John Daly-Peoples, ‘Karl Maughan’s Gardens of Delight in Dunedin’, NBR, 2010

KARL MAUGHAN b. 1964, lives Auckland

Kawakawa Road (2011) Karl Maughan has been painting gardens since the mid-1980s and this accomplished concentration on subject has made him a nationally and internationally recognised and recognisable New Zealand artist. Maughan has been exhibiting with Milford Galleries Dunedin since 1993. "Karl Maughan’s fascination with gardens has come through his wish to explore light and colour. Photographing his chosen gardens in differing lights, Maughan records as much detail as possible. In the studio he then collages selected elements into new composite images. Applying paint in small areas of the canvas to avoid premature drying, he pieces the work together like a mosaic. Rather than blending colours, he uses clean colours side by side, this ‘alla prima’ (wet onto wet) technique was popular with the Impressionists." (1) "With most of these paintings we are drawn into the work, impelled to walk towards the painting as though into an actual garden. However, as one gets closer into the vista one discovers you are actually entering a painting... Up close these works are like impressionist paintings, a combination of gestural marks, pointillism, and the white of the canvas which gives the work its shimmering light." (2) “Details dissolve into an abstract flourish of rhythmically applied paint. The paint is really more important than the garden, but not entirely so.” (3) After ten years in London, Maughan returned to New Zealand in 2005. He lives in Auckland. In 1997 he was a finalist in the John Moore Painting Award. (This award, whose previous winners include David Hockney, is regarded as one of the two premier art awards in Britain, the other being the Turner Painting prize.) His work is held in public and private collections in New Zealand and the UK. In 1998 Maughan came to the attention of British arts benefactor Charles Saatchi who has subsequently purchased several works. Maughan was included in the Saatchi Gallery, London exhibitions The Neurotic Realism in 1998 and I’m a Camera in 2001. Also in 1998 he was offered the opportunity to install a major six panel work A Clear Day in the Habitat store in Chelsea, London. This work was bought by Te Papa in 2000. Born Wellington, New Zealand 1964. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland 1986. He completed one year of Master of Fine Arts in 1987 and has exhibited regularly since then. 1. Natalie Poland, Manawatu Art Gallery information sheet, April 1998 2. John Daly-Peoples, 'Karl Maughan's Garden's of Delight in Dunedin", NBR, March 2010 3. TJ McNamara, Small seas and giant gardens’, NZ Herald, 8 April 2002

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KARL MAUGHAN b. 1964, lives Auckland

EDUCATION 1983 - 87

BFA and MFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007/08 2007

2006 2005 2004 2003

2002 2001 2000 1999 1999 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987

Recent Works, milford galleries queenstown Oroua Valley, Milford Galleries Dunedin Idlewild, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington The Lost Path, Milford Galleries Dunedin Everyday is Like Sunday, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Blackbarn Gallery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Martin Browne Gallery, Sydney, Australia New Works, milford galleries queenstown On A Clear Day, Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North New Paintings, milford galleries queenstown Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington Cross Hills, Milford Galleries Dunedin Recent Paintings and Prints, Gow Langsford Auckland Outside, Martin Browne Fine Art Galler, Sydney, Australia Kimbolton, Milford Galleries Dunedin Karl Maughan: Recent Paintings, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland The Visitor, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney, Australia Park Lane, Vertigo Gallery, London, UK Blow Up. St. Pauls Gallery, Birmingham, UK Walking in Light, Vertigo Gallery, London, UK Garden Centre, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Yew, Milford Galleries Dunedin Art Lab, Imperial College Exhibition, London, UK Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Karl Maiughan, Art Hotel, Florence, Italy Crowd, Vynel St, London, UK Karl Maughan, Habitat, London, UK Waterview, Milford Galleries Dunedin Great Outdoors, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington Love Lies Bleeding, Milford Galleries Dunedin Day Night, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Green Triumph, Brooker Gallery, Wellington Romance and Irony, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland New Paintings, Milford Galleries Dunedin Brooker Gallery, Wellington Gow Langsford Gallery, Wellington CSA Gallery, Auckland Brooker Gallery, Wellington Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Brooker Galllery, Wellington Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Brooker Gallery, Wellington Brooker Gallery, Wellington Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Garden Series II,Brooker Gallery, Wellington

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Small Works, Milford Galleries Dunedin Masterworks, milford galleries Queenstown John Leech and Gow Langsford Galleries Spring Catalogue, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Clock the Ton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland In Fluorescents, Gow Langsfor Gallery, Auckland Auckland Art Fair Chosen, Milford Galleries Dunedin Master Works, milford galleries queenstown Auckland Art Fair Selected Artists, Tinakori Gallery Wellington Recent Floral Works, milford galleries queenstown Is As: Landscape As Metaphor, Milford Galleries Dunedin Idlewild, The Approach Gallery London Saatchi Collection Catalogue Show, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK Karl Maughan and Dick Frizzell, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland MNZA: Landscape, Milford Galleries Dunedin John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 20, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK Under Growth, Holy St Studios, London, UK NZ Real, Milford Galleries Dunedin Blindfield, Coventry Gallery, London, UK Catalogue Exhibition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland Stop Making Sense, City Gallery, Wellington Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

2008 2007 2006 2005

2003 1999 1998 1997

1996 1995

1992 1990


Finalist John Moore Painting Award, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

COLLECTIONS Te Papa Museum of New Zealand British Council University of Victoria Wellington Robert McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch District Court Wellington Corporate Collections Glaxo Industries Yates Fletcher Challenge Limited Auckland NZ Police PricewaterhouseCoopers Wellington Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington Saatchi Collection London Sky City Casino Sky City Grand

BIBLIOGRAPHY 2011 2009 2008 2008

Wolfe, Richard and Stephen Robinson, Artists At Work, Penguin Books, London, England ‘Karl Maughn’, New Artland, Series 2, Episode 4 Thomson, Joelle, Into the Garden, Mindfood, issue 2, May, pp136-139 (attached) Somerville, Jane, New Work; Karl Maughan, Artworld, issue 2, April/May, pp144-147 (attached)

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2007 2006 2000 1998 1998 1998 1997 1997 1995

Jennings, Nicola, On a Clear Day, Exhibition Catalogue, Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North Newton, Katie, Up the Garden Path, Sunday Star Times, February, pp 16 & 17 (attached) Wolfe, Richard, Interflora, Karl Maughan Paints in the Face of Nature, Art New Zealand 97, Summer pg 62 – 65 Lopdell House Gallery, (Re)visioning the Real, exhibition catalogue The Saatchi Gallery, The New Neurotic Realism, collection catalogue Gregg, Stacy, The Flower and the Glory, Sunday Star Times, February 1, (attached) Milford Galleries, 3 Major Surveys-Modern New Zealand Art, exhibition catalogue, 1997 John Moores Liverpool, Exhibition 20, catalogue, 1997 Brown, Warwick, 100 New Zealand Paintings, 1995, p49

Loveday Avenue (2011)

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