Collection

Te tihi o kahukura no.5 (The citadel ...
Bill Sutton

1977

Bill Sutton
b.
1917
Title:
Te tihi o kahukura no.5 (The citadel of the rainbow god)
Production date:
1977
Accession No:
78/3
Measurements:
Framed: 1600 x 2525mm Sight size: 1525 x 2440mm
Media:
Oil on canvas

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased from Monica Brewster Bequest in 1978.

William Sutton's best-known early works depict characteristic Canterbury landscapes and skies in the clear, simplified, realist style that is associated with New Zealand regionalist painting of the 1930s to 1950s. These paintings also include human elements, such as fences, signs, buildings, gravestones and so on.

Later, Sutton concentrated more on landscapes in which traces of human influences are either absent or only hinted at. 'Te tihi o Kahukura no. 5' is an example of one of these works. Although it is painted in the late 1970s, 'Te tihi o Kahukura no. 5', with its dramatic rendition of hills and Canterbury sky swept by a nor'westerly wind, is closer to his earlier painting style.