Wellington City

Ngan, Guy
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Guy Ngan, OBE (b. 1926) is a senior New Zealand artist. He has created a range of work across diverse media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, design and architecture. Many of his works are in prominent places, such as the Beehive and the Reserve Bank, while many others can be seen around the country.

Ngan has been a significant presence in the New Zealand art scene, and was director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 1976 to 1986. In 2006 a major exhibition of his work was held at the Wellington City Art Gallery. Recognising his contribution and achievement, in the 1983 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Ngan was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the arts.

In this early painting of Ngan’s, Wellington City, the artist uses acrylic paint as if it is watercolour. Notably, he creates fluid and liquid-like blocks and patterns of colour in his evocation of the city’s harbour, making them part-reflection and part-exploration of more abstract architectural shapes and possibilities.
Acrylic on artist's board
Frame hxwxd; 525 x 675 x c20
Breadth c45mm
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