Author(s): Denis Robinson
The intertwined themes of natural beauty and artistic representation of that beauty led Robinson to invite more than thirty New Zealand artists of this generation to contribute works inspired by their chosen region along with a short written piece expressing their thoughts on the region. In Robinson¿s words, the resultant book reflects a journey that takes the reader from South to North through the eyes of these contemporary artists, who number among this country¿s most popular. The publication also acts as a portfolio, providing insights into the wider spectrum of styles and techniques used to capture colour and light, to illuminate personal connection to landscape.
Denis Robinson (1940-2012) worked with creative people throughout his career as a designer, art director and gallery manager. He was instrumental in initiating the Auckland Art Fair (2005) and acted as a judge in regional art competitions. A passionate advocate for New Zealand art, he profiled the work of many artists in his books and was acknowledged as a leading authority on their work. Denis compiled eight books about New Zealand artists, including the bestselling New Zealand on Canvas, New Zealand in Watercolour, New Zealand Gallery, Artists' Impressions of New Zealand and Christchurch: An artists' tribute with New Holland Publishers. Art Direction, the art and design consultancy he established to connect artists with patrons and art lovers, can be accessed online at www.artdirection.co.nz