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The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy

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  • Wed 3 Apr ’13, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 4 Apr ’13, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 5 Apr ’13, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 6 Apr ’13, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 7 Apr ’13, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

A Micronaut in the Wide World - ‘The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy' rediscovers the life and work of one of New Zealand's most talented and original artists. Percy left this country in the mid-1960s and became a hugely respected artist overseas. This exhibition, and the major publication that accompanies it, celebrates Percy's achievement as a published illustrator as well as bringing to light a significant body of work never seen before.

His works are held in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, yet-since his early years in Auckland-they have never been exhibited publicly in New Zealand.

Born in Stratford in 1938, Graham Percy studied at Elam School of Fine Arts before embarking on a career as an illustrator/designer/artist. A contemporary of Greer Twiss, Don Binney, Mervyn Williams and Hamish Keith, Percy was taught by Robert Ellis, Michael Nicholson and Colin McCahon.

Graham Percy died in January 2008. This exhibition and book project has been developed in close association with the artist's family: his widow Mari Mahr, and his children Martin, Kitty and Yuli.

Exhibition curated and developed by Gregory O’Brien in partnership with Exhibition Services, in association with City Gallery Wellington, and Gus Fisher Gallery. All artworks courtesy of the Graham Percy Family Trust.

Exhibition opening Sat 9 Feb, 1:30pm.

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