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Gypsy Blue

We drove down a dirt track to the beach on a surf trip in Taranaki. While the boys were checking out the waves I went for a little wander and came across this 2 toned blue house-bus fenced off with driftwood and an old Taranaki gate, those ridiculous flimsy ones that don’t exactly swing open, but instead collapse onto one side. Adorning the fence was a rollock from a rowboat, a buoy, fishing nets and numerous other bits of boating paraphernalia. 

I grew up on the privileged suburban shores of Auckland in a huge house so seeing a family living in a wee housebus in my own country was something of a novelty and rather exciting.  Wow! I thought, a life of freedom, travel and adventure.  Well it seems I’m not the only one who likes this idea, it’s estimated that there are some 30-40 million nomads in the world.  We were all at one time or another nomadic people roaming about for pasture. But traditional nomadic behavior is increasingly rare these days since we’ve all become modern,  industrialised  countries, which is probably why I was so excited by it. 


A3 :: 17 x 17" // Limited Edition :: 100

A2 :: 23 x 23" // Limited Edition :: 50

A1 :: 32 x 32" // Limited Edition :: 25

A0 :: 38 x 38" // Limited Edition :: 10


Fine Art reproductions are made by taking 4-6 photographs of my originals and stitching them together. This way there’s more information to create a crisp print at the same size as the original painting. Then they’re printed and colour matched, a process called proofing which can take several frustrating hours before the first usable copies finally roll out ‘hot off the press’ using lightfast inks on archival 310g Hahnemühle paper, which is not actually paper, it’s ripped up cotton rags. Hahnemühle is the brand of paper - an excellent paper mill that started in 1584 Germany.

AN INTERESTING FACT: During the Second World War, the company created paper for the SS-Reichssicherheitshauptamt's efforts to produce counterfeit British banknotes as part of Operation Bernhard.

Each Limited Edition print is embossed, hand signed and numbered by me the artist. Remember paper prints that are framed will see it's lifetime double that of one left in it's tube under your bed. 

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