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The Colin McCahon Archive

Kaipara Flat

Kaipara Flat - written

watercolour
signed McCahon and dated '71 in graphite lower left and inscribed Kaipara Flat - written in graphite lower centre
1015mm x 675mm
Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000
Price Realised: $92,000 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: The Collections of Peter Jarvis & Helene Phillips, 30 November 2017, Lot 24. 
Illustrated
Colin McCahon Trust Record Number cm00494. Marja Bloem and Martin Browne, Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith, (Amsterdam: Craig Potton Publishing and Stedelijk Museum, 2002), p.216. Art New Zealand #98 p.9.
 
Jets to Cape Reinga

Jets to Cape Reinga

Charcoal on paper
signed Colin McCahon and dated May 5.73 in charcoal lower right, inscribed Jets to Cape Reinga upper right
350mm x 415mm
Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000
Price Realised: $32,900 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, 7 August 2017, Lot 1.
Reference
Colin McCahon database, www.mccahon.co.nz, reference number cm001851.
Exhibited
Jet out of Muriwai, Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland, 13 August - 24 August, 1973.
 
Visible_mysteries

Visible Mysteries No.4

synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
signed McCahon no.4 and dated Sept 68 in brushpoint lower right, inscribed Visible Mysteries no.4, signed Colin McCahon and dated Sept 68 in brushpoint verso, inscribed 'Colin McCahon, Private Collection 1968' on printed Hanly label affixed verso, inscribed Hanly P/Coll 1986 in acrylic verso
1220mm x 608mm
Estimate: $480,000 - $700,000
Price Realised: $540,500 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, 7 August 2017, Lot 24. 
Provenance
From the Collection of Pat and Gil Hanly. Purchased from Barry Lett Galleries, 1968.
Reference
Colin McCahon database, www.mccahon.co.nz, reference number cm000412.
Exhibited
Colin McCahon’s Bargain Basement! Of Multiples and Variations on his Regular Themes…Also Visible Mysteries: a series of eight paintings arising from the Bellini Madonna series and the more recent series Still Life with [an] Altar, Barry Lett Galleries, 1968. 
Illustrated
Gordon H. Brown, Colin McCahon Artist (Wellington: Reed Books, 1984), p.145. 
 
Annunciation

Annunciation

charcoal on paper
signed McCahon, dated '49 and inscribed Annunciation in charcoal upper centre, inscribed drawing Annunciation, Colin McCahon, 6gns, carte 4 in ink verso, original Manawatu Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition label inscribed Annunciation McCahon, Religious cat. no. 37, affixed verso
650mm x 520mm
Estimate: $25,000 - $45,000
Price Realised: $78,725 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Auckland, 7 August 2017, Lot 48. 
Provenance
From The Robin Scholes Collection. 
Exhibited
McCahon-Woollaston, The Gallery of Helen Hitchings, Wellington, 30 July - 5 August, 1949. Group Show '51, Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery. Durham St, Christchurch, 15 - 26 1951, Cat No.62. McCahon 'Religious' Works: 1946 - 1962, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, 24 March - 24 April 1975, Cat No. 37. 
 
Rocks in the sky

Rocks in the Sky, Series 2, No. 4: Seagulls. Rain

synthetic polymer paint on Steinbach paper
signed C.McC, dated '76 and inscribed Rocks In The Sky. Series 2 No. 4. Seagulls in brushpoint lower left, inscribed Rain in brushpoint lower centre
725mm x 1095mm
Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000
Price Realised: $360,725 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: The Warwick & Kitty Brown Collection, Day 1, 17 May 2017, Lot 25. 
Exhibited
Colin McCahon, Paintings, Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland 23 August - 3 September, 1976. Family Reunion: Selected works from the Warwick and Kitty Brown collection, NORTHART, Auckland, 19 February to 12 March 2017.
Provenance
Purchased Colin McCahon, Paintings, Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland 23 August - 3 September, 1976. Accompanied by original exhibition invitation (addressed to Mr Don Binney), this invitation given to Warwick and Kitty Brown by Don Binney.
Reference
Colin McCahon database www.mccahon.co.nz/cm000269.
 
The rich man will disappear

The Rich Man Will Disappear (Practical Religion Series)

Conte crayon on paper

signed Colin McCahon and dated Sept '69 lower right in conte crayon, inscribed James I. Practical Religion in conte crayon lower left
1555mm x 550mm
Estimate: $65,000 - $85,000
Price Realised: $79,900 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Warwick & Kitty Brown Collection, Day 1, Auckland, 17 May 2017, Lot 37.
Exhibited: Written paintings and drawings: Colin McCahon, Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland, 6 - 17 October 1969.Illustrated: Art New Zealand 9, February/March/April 1978, The Rationale of a Private Collector by Hugh Foster, p. 30.
Provenance: Purchased Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington. Accompanied by original purchase receipt, dated 21/1/1977.
Reference: Colin McCahon Database Number cm000295 http://www.mccahon.co.nz/cm000295.

A note from Warwick Brown
This was not purchased at the original exhibition, but eight years later. Whilst I had been looking at McCahon's work for some time, it was not until I saw another work from this series that I came to appreciate him. The work I found so engaging carried the inscription 'He who would know good days should seek peace and pursue it'. I recall viewing a number of works from this series at the Peter McLeavey Gallery. McLeavey rolled them out on the gallery floor for me to view. This work, really spoke directly to me, given my personal situation in 1977.

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AngelsandBed

No. 10. Angels & Bed

synthetic polymer paint on Steinbach paper
signed C.McC. '77 in brushpoint lower right, inscribed No. 10. Angels & Bed in brushpoint lower left
725mm x 1095mm
Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000
Price Realised: $299,625 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: The Warwick & Kitty Brown Collection, Day 1, 17 May 2017, Lot 44. 
Exhibited
Angels and Bed, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, 5-22 July 1977, cat. No. 9. McCahon: Angels & Bed, 8-19 August 1977, Peter Webb Galleries, Auckland. Family Reunion: Selected works from the Warwick and Kitty Brown Collection, NORTHART, Auckland, 19 February to 12 March 2017.
Provenance
Purchased McCahon: Angels & Bed, 8-19 August 1977, Peter Webb Galleries, Auckland. Accompanied by original exhibition invitation. 
Reference
Colin McCahon Database Number cm000297 http://www.mccahon.co.nz/cm000297  
 
 
Landscape Multiple No. 2

Landscape Multiple No. 2

sawdust, synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
signed Colin McCahon, inscribed Landscape Multiple, dated May June '68, No. 2 of a sereis of 12, No. 2 302mm x 300mm
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Price Realised: $41,125 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Auckland, 11 April 2017, Lot 31. 
Exhibited
1968 Auckland: Colin McCahon's Bargain Basement! of Multiples & Variations on his Regular Themes also Visible Mysteries, Barry Lett Galleries, 14-25 October 1968, cat. No. 2.  
Reference
Colin McCahon database www.mccahon.co.nz, reference cm001447  

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Landscape Theme and Variations

Landscape Theme and Variations (H)

oil on unstretched jute canvas, inscribed H in brushpoint verso
1770mm x 830mm
Estimate: $165,000 - $200,000
Price Realised: $150,000 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Auckland, 29 November 2016, Lot 26.
Provenance
The Les and Milly Paris Family Collection, Wellington. Purchased by the Paris family from Peter McLeavy Gallery, Wellington, 1975. Sold Webb’s, June 1995.  
Exhibited
Ikon Gallery, A Landscape Theme with Variations, 14- 31 May,1963. The Dowse Art Gallery, A Private View: works from the Paris Family Collection, 28 April – 29 May 1977. Auckland City Art Gallery, Hit Parade Exhibition, 13 December 1993 – 7 March 1994. 
Illustrated
Green, Anthony. Bulletin of New Zealand Art History, No. 2, 1974, 'Colin McCahon’s Paintings and Drawings at the Ikon Gallery.'
Reference
Colin McCahon database www.mccahon.co.nz, reference cm001101.  

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Muriwai

Muriwai. High Wind & Rain. Light Falls Through a Dark Landscape

charcoal on paper, signed C McC and dated Oct '71 in charcoal lower right and inscribed Muriwai. High wind & rain. Light falls through a dark landscape in charcoal lower edge
440mm x 590mm
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Price Realised: $54,050 (Including Buyers Permium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Auckland, 11 August 2016, Lot 14.
Provenance
Private collection, Auckland. 

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Gannets Leaving Muriwai

Gannets Leaving Muriwai

synthetic polymer paint on unstretched canvas, inscribed Gannets Leaving Muriwai in brushpoint upper right and inscribed he who makes his angels winds, and his minister a fiery flame in brushpoint upper centre
795mm x 1220mm
Estimate: $160,000 - $200,000
Price Realised: $155,000 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, 11 August 2016, Lot 22.
Provenance
Gordon H Brown, a gift from the artist's family for help given to the artist. Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney. Private collection, Sydney.
Reference
Colin McCahon research database number: cm000292

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Dance of the Gannets

synthetic polymer paint on unstretched canvas, inscribed Dance Of The Gannets in brushpoint lower centre right, inscribed Thy throne O God is for ever and ever, and the sceptre of justice is the sceptre of His Kingdom in brushpoint upper centre
7950mm x 1220m
Estimate: $160,000 - $200,000
Price Realised: $155,000 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Auckland, 11 August 2016, Lot 23. 
Provenance
Gordon H Brown, a gift from the artist's family for help given to the artist. Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney. Private collection, Sydney. 
Reference
Colin McCahon research database number: cm000291

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North Otago

North Otago

acrylic on board, signed McCahon and dated '67 in graphite lower edge
270mm x 200mm cm
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
Price Realised: $38,775 (including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, 11 August 2016, Lot 25.

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Manukau2

Manukau 2

watercolour on paper, signed McCahon, dated Jan '54 and inscribed Manukau 2 in brushpoint lower left, Gow Langsford Gallery label affixed verso
Gow Langsford Gallery label affixed verso
540mm x 740mm
Estimate: NZD40,000-60,000
Price Realised: $48,000 (Including Buyers Permium)
Auction: Paramount Series, Auckland, 5 April 2016, Lot 14. 

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick is Sighted off Muriwai Beach

 

acrylic on canvas, signed McCahon and dated '72 in brushpoint lower right; inscribed Moby Dick Is sighted Off Muriwai Beach in brushpoint lower left
765mm x 915mm
Estimate: $210,000 - $260,000
Price Realised: $192,830 (Including Buyers Premium)
Auction: Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Auckland, 25 November 2014, Lot 35.

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