Sir Paul’s art

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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.

Pic­tures / Nor­rie Mont­gomery ( main), Gow Langs­ford

Ophe­lia Buck­le­ton

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).

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