WOMEN PAINTED
richard mcwhannell

25 November - 20 December 2014

Women Painted is a survey of some of Richard McWhannell’s classic portraits created over several decades. The earliest is a portrait of the painter’s wife, Donogh Rees, made in 1982, but the majority were painted between 2007 and 2010 when McWhannell’s practice was focused on studio portraiture. His sitters, including friends and family members, are presented both as themselves, and in poses appropriated from art history.

‘As a painter of women I have continued with some new and some returnee sitters, They are all in their way family, who have been wonderfully committed and excellent company. It continues to be a (difficult) pleasure to have people in front of me, to thrill at what light does on flesh and cloth, and to be able to laugh, snarl and all with those who see value in what the painter does.’

Richard McWhannell, Auckland.

Note: a PDF version of the exhibition catalogue (featuring more works) is available from the gallery.

Nadege, Second to last, 2008. Oil on canvas. 457 x 381 mm

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Renee 2013. Oil on canvas. 377 x 302mm

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REnee's back from France, 2013. Oil on canvas. 910 x 755mm

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Cat Auburn, 2009. Oil on linenn on board 330 x 265mm

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Nicola Kawana, 2007 Oil on canvas. 610 x 508 mm

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Poihaere Tondo 2008. Oil on linen on board 760 mm diameter

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Nadege, Last Portrait, 2010. Oil on linen 450 x 375 cm

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Cat Auburn is Allan Ramsay's 'Anne Bayne', 2009. Oil on canvas. 705 x 550mm

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Poihaere is Velasquez' Lady with a Fan 2009. Oil on linen 900 x 670 mm

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Ruth is Titian's Portrait of a Girl, 2010. Oil on canvas 840 x 760mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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