CRACKERJACK!

March - April  2012

6 Paintings by Dick Lyne

FOLK ARTIST

Art Wall Exhibit

 

Dick Lyne started painting in his 60s, and is now, in his 80s, a leading New Zealand Folk Artist – a label he chooses.  His works are in collections in several countries.  Recently, a painting has been acquired by the Wallace Trust and another was included in a group exhibition, Turf, at the Melanie Rogers Gallery, Auckland (formerly Anna Bibby Gallery).

 

He has become particularly known for his paintings or, better - as collector/curator/writer John Perry has it - portraits of kauri and rimu.  His earlier life saw him working as a storeman, fitter’s mate, dye-hand and apprentice printer, before many years as a bushman in the King Country and Matakana Island.

 

The freshness, intensity and visionary quality of the works is immediately impressive.

 

In Dick’s cracker paintings of Tane Mahuta and another famous kauri, Yakas Kauri, these ancient giant trees are treated with terrific diligence, respect, and genuine awe.  The other works on display at Tivoli share this wonderfully focused vision.  Two are of the 1953 Ngaurahoe eruption. Dick witnessed the spectacular event and the paintings are a mix of his memories and photographic records.

 

In the centre of the Art Wall is Dick’s stunning painting A Bay at Kawau Island where a regiment of bright orange early morning clouds are part of an aerial view of the bay, including feeding gannets and Dick’s own boat the Dora Alice.

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