Painting gifted to hospital
A renowned Coromandel artist has donated a painting to Waihi Hospital.
Richard Chrisp, 75, gifted a watercolour painting to staff to thank them for their service.
Richard’s life is as colourful as his art, mainly impressionist scenes, landscapes and animals.
During his stay in Waihi, Richard built strong ties with local woman Irene Muriel Ritchie, 90, who died on October 25.
“She and I were talking about flowers and gardens. She was a keen gardener,” he said.
The artist said he apologises for “pinching flowers in the neighbouring gardens” to create a bouquet for Irene’s funeral.
“I went to collect flowers for Irene in my dressing gown at 5am. I had my secateurs with me. I hope I did not scare anyone.”
Eccentricity and excitement have been part of the artist’s life. He’s been painting since he was 12 and attending boarding school in Wanganui.
“For five years running I won the art prize. I wanted to be a florist but my father would not let me.” He attended Victoria University and was film critic for the university newspaper for 10 years under Catherine De la Roche, international writer on film. Richard was also working for the National Publicity Studio in Wellington.
The painter embarked on a threemonth trip by boat from Sydney to Marseille, France via Polynesia and Vanuatu, and spent five years in Europe.
Returning to New Zealand to be close to his ill parents, Richard started exhibiting his watercolours in Gisborne where he was born, and in Auckland and Wellington galleries. His work sells for between $500 to $950, Remuera Art Gallery owner Scott Dargaville says.
Based in Coromandel town, Richard is of Ma¯ ori and Tahitian descenthe teamed up with sculptor bronze and terracotta sculptor Uli Christoffersen for an exhibition which runs until Friday, December 21 at Uli’s studio. The painter says he would be keen to have Coromandel Peniisula locals visiting at this time.
■ Impressions III exhibition: Free entry. Art for sale, 130 Paggitt Rd, Coromandel.
Painter Richard Chrisp (centre) with (left) facility manager Helen Riesen, office administrator Catherine Taylor and former Waihi Rest Home activity co-ordinator Robyn Teague.