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Don Binney

(1940 -  2012 )
BINNEY Don Te Henga

Webb's /Apr 9, 2015
32,125.44 - 44,975.61
Not disclosed

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Artworks in Arcadja
81

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Extracted between 81 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Don Binney - Tomtit, Cornwallis

Don Binney - Tomtit, Cornwallis

Original 2006
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Lot number: 43
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Don Binney 1940 - 2012 Tomtit, Cornwallis Oil and acrylic canvas 42.0 x 30.0 Signed & dated MMVI more info... Don Binney is well known for his clean-edged modernist paintings of birds in the landscapes of New Zealand. In his search for subject, he is inspired by dramatic wilderness areas and environments, which he draws from to express both his passion for painting and his love of ornithology and nature. In an interview with Patricia Sarr and Tom Turner in 1977, Binney described his motivation for painting: I paint and draw because I'm thoroughly committed to and involved with environmental, natural stimuli - the landscape, the wild-life . . . you must approach the landscape or the bush with reverence.
Don Binney - Untitled (kotuku)

Don Binney - Untitled (kotuku)

Original 2003
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Lot number: 5
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Don Binney Untitled (Kotuku) pastel on paper signed Binney and dated 2003 in pastel upper right edge 655mm x 455mm PROVENANCE: Private Collection. (Click image to see full size) Back Untitled (Kotuku) belongs to a series of works dating from the latter part of Don Binney’’’’s career. While his early series featured images of birds suspended in distinctly flat yet vibrant expanses of sky, the latter series, to which this work belongs, illustrate the artist’’’’s increasing environmental concerns and utilization of different materials. After retiring from his position as the Head of Painting at the Elam School of Fine Arts, a position which he held for 24 years, Binney travelled extensively both within New Zealand and internationally to places of spiritual significance. During this time he focused full time on his art and love for ornithology, frequenting barely populated landforms and sourcing inspiration from birdlife in bush and on water. The white heron dominates the composition of Untitled (Kotuku) and has been depicted in sweeping strokes of pastel which echoes his earlier treatment of plumage. Meanwhile, the background foliage has been executed with small, controlled movements which seek to carefully render each blade of grass and leaf. From 2002 he worked increasingly with other materials such as charcoal, coloured pencils, or as evidenced in this work, pastel. These materials allowed Binney to capture the essence of the birdlife and landscape with more immediacy and proved the perfect materials for his increased mobility during this time. Unlike the hard-edged, flat planes of paint apparent in early works, the use of pastel resulted in a more textured, painterly finish revealing the artist’’’’s hand with which the work was created. KATE SHAPIRO
Don Binney - Kairara Kaka Variant

Don Binney - Kairara Kaka Variant

Original 1982
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Lot number: 35
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35. Don Binney 1940 - 2012 - Kairara Kaka Variant Acrylic on paper on canvas 66.0 x 46.0 Signed & dated 1982 - 1983 more info... PROVENANCE Private Collection, Taranaki Purchased from Fisher Gallery circa 2006 Private Collection, Christchurch EXHIBITED BINNEY 1959 - 1989 A Survey. A Retrospective Exhibition of Don Binney's works, 19 August - 17 September 1989 The Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga, Auckland Don Binney is well known for his clean-edged modernist paintings of birds in the landscapes of New Zealand. In his search for subject, he is inspired by dramatic wilderness areas and environments, which he draws from to express both his passion for painting and his love of ornithology and nature. In an interview with Patricia Sarr and Tom Turner in 1977, Binney described his motivation for painting: I paint and draw because I'm thoroughly committed to and involved with environmental, natural stimuli - the landscape, the wild-life...you must approach the landscape or the bush with reverence. Binney's earliest paintings were predominately landscapes, the approach of which can be traced to styles found popular in America in the 1930's. This style removes small detail and concentrates on landform and rhythmic curves, Rita Angus, Doris Lusk and William Sutton also took influence from this period. Binney's early works had an abstract feel to them, representing landscape in an almost cubist-style of brushwork. As his work matured, he began to depict birds as the central concern in this paintings, the landscape became more of a backdrop to the main focus. Eventually though, landscape and birds shared his attentions equally, and he produced many works which talk of New Zealand's environmental concerns and birdlife. Kairarara Kaka Variant 1982 - 83 is a particularly striking work, painted with thick brushstrokes in a painterly style, in this sense it harks back to earlier pieces by Binney. The paint application is fairly patterned in areas, paint appearing quite viscous and thick, making the work just as captivating close-up as from afar. The structure of the composition allows for several focal points in the work, the eye is first drawn to the bird and then through the landscape to the fence in the fore. This same fence is depicted in a later work by the artist entitled Kaka, 1984, Binney often included architectural structures or monuments which symbolised a human presence in his painting. It is clear here that this is not an ideal land before human intervention, it is New Zealand in the time the artist painted it. This work is an excellent example of Binney's work from this era, portraying the bird, landscape and human elements in the one painting. From text affixed verso -The Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga
Don Binney - Te Henga

Don Binney - Te Henga

Original 1971
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Lot number: 29
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Don Binney Te Henga oil on canvas signed Binney and dated 1971 in brushpoint upper right 610mm x 1012mm The wild and weathered west coast of Auckland, and particularly that of Bethells Beach, has long since occupied the pride of place in Don Binney’’s oeuvre, appearing and reappearing throughout the years from a variety of vantage points. In Te Henga, Binney avoids portraying the iconic soaring birds, instead choosing to portray the vast beaches and sand dunes for which the area is renowned and which gave the area its name. Binney’’s interest in the environment is clearly on display here. The work’’s painted surface has been applied with an adept hand; a finely nuanced network of pale, muted blues, charcoal greys and dusty whites evokes the individual nature of the landscape. Featuring a hard-edge style with flat passages of paint and sharp, crystalline outlines, Te Henga is firmly positioned in the distinctively clear and harsh light of the South Pacific. The centrally located headland of Te Henga, viewed from Old Man’’s Head, is depicted in flat, even colour, providing a visual counterpoint to the densely striated lines of impasto of sea. The sinuous lines encasing the flattened blocks of colour guide the viewer’’s eye through the painting, inviting a close examination of every brush stroke. The ebony outlines not only provide a very lucid clarity to Te Henga but also perform a cloisonnist function, serving to deify the landscape through the separation of colour. Binney’’s approach serves to highlight New Zealand’’s unique landscape, as well as his reverence of its value as a pictorial subject. The works from the Te Henga series could be viewed as the artist’’ s opus to a beloved area. Binney had an enduring and intricate knowledge of this idiosyncratic landscape created by volcanic activity and colonial settlement. It is also of note that the area possesses networks of walking trails, which guide visitors to locations ideal for bird-watching, alluding to Binney’’s iconic bird paintings of the 1960s. Te Henga is the result of the artist’’ s close examination of the landscape, evidenced through the careful refinement of forms, colours and lines, as combined with the elimination of superfluous details to create an idyllic, elegant tranquillity that is both inviting and aspirational. By employing a reductive approach in his representation, Binney exposes the essential beauty that draws generations of settlers to Te Henga and expounds the need to preserve this unique landscape for posterity. Te Henga is imbued with dual purposes: one is decorative, the other a vital documentation of a moment in time and place, as captured by Binney in his inimitable style.
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
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