Sir Paul’s art
Artworks by iconic Kiwi artists owned by the late Sir Paul Holmes are set to go on sale.
The 13- piece collection, which includes works by Dick Frizzell, Gottfried Lindauer and sculptor Paul Dibble, will be exhibited and available for sale at Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland from next week.
Veteran broadcaster Sir Paul died in 2013, aged 62. He had been suffering from poor health after heart surgery and the resurgence of prostate cancer.
Outside of his illustrious broadcasting career, Sir Paul and his wife, Lady Deborah, collected art.
Their small but impressive collection of works, predominantly by New Zealand artists, were mostly housed at Mana Lodge, the couple’s private residence in Hawke’s Bay.
The sprawling property, which was the site of Sir Paul’s investiture, held two weeks before his death, was sold at the end of last year.
Prices for the artworks were expected to range from $ 6000 to $ 160,000.
Gow Langsford Gallery director Gary Langsford said it was wonderful to have a selection of works from the couple’s beloved personal collection on display at the gallery.
“It’s great. I think Paul would appreciate it, he would enjoy it,” said Langsford.
“It’s a very personal collection. He bought things that had a special meaning to him.”
Among the artworks to
It’s a very personal collection. He bought things that had a special meaning to him. Gary Langsford
be sold were New Zealand landscapes by Frizzell, two bronze sculptures by Paul Dibble, Icon and Voyager, that featured prominently in the landscape at Mana Lodge and Lindauer’s Untitled ( Portrait of Te Mahunga), a portrait of a Maori gentleman from 1909. The Lindauer work was particularly significant to Sir Paul as the man depicted was from the iwi that originally owned the land Mana Lodge was on. Sir Paul was a supporter of Gow Langsford Gallery, where he bought some of the works included in the exhibition. “It’s a sort of full circle thing,” said Langsford, referring to the artworks being returned to the gallery for sale. “I think there will be some interest in it purely because it’s Paul’s collection.
“It is a nice selection of works from historical right through to relatively contemporary. So there is a broad range of work there, so there is something for everybody.”
The Collection of the late Sir Paul Holmes exhibition opens at Gow Langsford Gallery on the corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Sts, Auckland on September 19 and runs until October 14.
Paul Dibble’s bronze sculpture Voyager.
Lady Deborah and Sir Paul Holmes, Dick Frizzell’s Track To The Beach and Lindauer’s 1909 Untitled ( Portrait of Te Mahunga).