Don Binney

(19402012 ) - Artworks
BINNEY Don Untitled

International Art Centre /Feb 27, 2013
1,910.46 - 3,184.11
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Don Binney - Takahe

Don Binney - Takahe

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Lot number: 8
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Don Binney (1940-2012) Takahe graphite on paper signed and dated ````Don Binney/Mt. Bruce, 26 July ````71```` (lower right) 26 x 31.5cm PROVENANCE Purchased directly from the artist by the current vendor Private collection, Wellington PROVENANCE with Portfolio Gallery, Auckland Private collection, Wellington
Don Binney - Untitled

Don Binney - Untitled

Original 1980
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Lot number: 4
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Lot 4 Don Binney Untitled oil on board signed Don Binney and dated 1980 in brushpoint lower left 580mm x 465mm $25,000 - $35,000 Acquired by the present owner in 1981. (Click image to see full size) Back This untitled work by Don Binney depicts Tokatoka Peak, a distinctive landmark located near the Wairoa River in Northland, whose dramatically chiselled form is the product of many millennia of erosion. This painting is bereft of birds and belongs to a series of works dating from the late 1960s; Binney’’s intention is to draw the viewer’’s attention to the landscape and its value as a pictorial subject. The sharp lines, controlled use of paint and textural contrast across the paint surface are all typical of Binney’’s distinct and recognisable style. Binney’’s eye for detail and adept technical manipulation of materials are evident in this work: the thick impasto of the foliage contrasts with the clean, sharp lines of the peak and the smooth paint application of the hills and sky. This approach serves to highlight New Zealand’’s unique landscape and the connection the land’’s inhabitants have with it. Many landmarks in Northland hold deep spiritual significance for local iwi, and the luminosity of Binney’’s golden sky appears to deify the heavy silhouette of Tokatoka. A stylistic reference to the religious icons of Gothic painting, this endows the composition with a harmonising balance, whilst the white house located at the far left of the work adds a point of visual interest. This work is a superb example of Binney’’s approach to landscape painting. His idiosyncratic flattening of forms and sinuous outlines further the impact of the unique and dramatic landscape he has chosen to portray.
Don Binney - Te Henga From Man's Head Iv

Don Binney - Te Henga From Man's Head Iv

Original 1972
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Lot number: 20
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Lot 20 Don Binney Te Henga from Man's Head IV acrylic on board signed Don Binney, dated 1972 and inscribed Te Henga from Man's Head IV, Te Henga in brushpoint lower right 1255mm x 1255mm $60,000 - $80,000 The wild and weathered west coast of Auckland, and particularly that of Bethells Beach, has long since occupied a pride of place in Don Binney’’s oeuvre, appearing and reappearing throughout the years from a variety of vantage points and in a diverse manner of compositional arrangements. In all of them, though, the specificity of place remains of paramount importance and it is communicated not only through Binney’’s realistic style but also through his denotative titling. The present painting Te Henga from Man’’s Head IV is one of a series of works that Binney completed in the early 1970s that featured views of Te Henga or Bethells Beach as seen from Old Man’’s Head. These paintings are characterised by sharp, clean lines and a flat, even application of paint and, compositionally, by the seemingly endless spread of cloudless sky and smooth, unruffled ocean that appears to embrace a snapshot of land. In Te Henga from Man’’s Head IV from 1972, Binney harnesses a finely nuanced network of pale, muted blues, charcoal greys and dusty whites to translate the rugged coastal beauty of Auckland’’s west coast. Under the artist’’s hand, however, the renowned roughness of the shoreline is finely tempered into something akin to an untouched Arcadia. This impression is largely due to the distance between the viewer and the headland and Binney’’s tightly controlled application of paint, which results in smooth, glassy planes of sea and sky, and bold, confident strokes that delineate rough-hewn rivets in the land. A thin band of bleached sand runs the length of the rocky coastline, dividing the mountainous forms from the rolling expanse of beryl-coloured ocean, while above this pared-back structural mass of land hangs an unbroken ashen sky. As such, the wide, polished expanse of sky and sweep of ocean come to nestle around the headland, offering up an inviting image of a secluded, empty and unmarred environment. Featuring a hard-edged style with flat passages of paint and sharp, crystalline outlines, Te Henga from Man’’s Head IV is firmly located in the distinctively clear and harsh light of the South Pacific. This crispness of approach is indeed unique to Binney as an artist, yet it is also intricately connected to a tradition of New Zealand painting that stems from the work of 19th-century topographical artists. While the point has been made before, it is worth reconnecting Binney to this tradition and aligning him with colonial watercolourists such as John Buchanan, John Hoyte, Alfred Sharpe and John Kinder, who possessed an indefatigable urge to explore the New Zealand countryside and to translate it onto the two-dimensional plane. This is Binney’’s artistic ancestry and it runs a very visible streak throughout his oeuvre, which is almost exclusively given over to the New Zealand landscape and its natural inhabitants. Binney was driven by an enduring appreciation for and intricate knowledge of New Zealand and his landscape works, such as Te Henga from Man’’s Head IV, have remained as some of the most archetypal representations of New Zealand from the last half-century. JEMMA FIELD
Don Binney - Untitled

Don Binney - Untitled

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Lot number: 149
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149. Don Binney & others - A complete boxed set of the John Leech 150th Anniversary Prints Edition of 75 50.0 x 70.0 Signed & inscribed more info... Included in this lot are the following screenprints (boxed an unframed) Michael Smither Motumahanga, Screenprint Don Binney Kotuku Puketotara, Lithograph Justin Boroughs Boatsheds Orakei, Screenprint Dick Frizzell Memorandum, Lithograph Michael Hight Kyeburn, Screenprint John Walsh We go right there Tonto, Lithograph Peter Siddell Trellis, Screenprint Grahame Sydney Fog at Ranfurley, Lithograph Sofia Tekela-Smith Savage Island Man, Screenprint
Don Binney - Mana Island Xv

Don Binney - Mana Island Xv

Original 1971
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Lot number: 45
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45. Don Binney 1940 - 2012 - Mana Island XV Oil on board 56.5 x 75.0 Signed, inscribed & dated 1971 more info... Provenance : Michael Easther Collection 1971 - 2006 Private Collection Hawkes Bay Auckland born Binney grew up in Parnell where he took art classes with John Weeks. From 1958 - 1961 he was a student at Elam School of Fine Arts. He later became Head of Painting at Elam, teaching there for twenty four years until retirement in 1998. Binney is one of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists. He was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in 1995. Binney described himself as a figurative painter concerned with the psychic metaphor of the environment. Works frequently featured the west coasts of Northland and Auckland. Native birds, sea, sky and landforms reflect the artist's connection, respect and innate understanding of environment. In birdwatching, Binney said he discovered a passage into the landscape and the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with it. Binney passed away in September 2012
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