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Away and Away by Max Gimblett

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Artist: Max Gimblett
Title: Away and Away
Year created: 2013/15 in France
Medium: Pencil, ink, acrylic polymer, oil-based size, 23.75kt Rosanoble gold leaf, blue variegated leaf / Arches Aquarelle 100% cotton 300lb watercolor paper
Height (inches): 23
Width (inches): 30
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Signed Area: Front
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This piece includes a certificate of authenticity. 

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Gimblett’s work consists largely of object-based paintings, canvases of all sizes and shapes, especially the quatrefoil, for which Gimblett is most recognized. The quatrefoil, a medieval motif, appears in Gothic and Renaissance architecture and heraldry in both Western and Eastern traditions as a conventionalized representation of objects such as a rose, a cross, or lotus. With this open symbol, Gimblett’s work straddles time, place, and associations. We know that it suggests something hallowed, revered, but its meaning remains elusive.

The richness of Gimblett’s use of symbols is only enhanced by the richness in his choice of materials. In Away & Away and other works of the same series, Gimblett experiments with the use of metal leaf. Historically, ultramarine, the rare pigment from powdered lapis lazuli, and delicate gold leaf were reserved for the most precious idols and icons.

In Away & Away, Gimblett allows the carefully hand-drawn compartments of his roundel to bleed into one another with a detached ease. He then applies Rosanoble gold lead and blue variegated leaf with steady care. In the same vein of a sacred icon painting, Gimblett’s metal leaf adds light and dimension to the work on paper and lends a precious glint to an otherwise matte surface, a little halo at center.

The quatrefoil is surrounded by a spinning galaxy of the primary colors – red, yellow, blue – that are static and yet moving, capable of entering us, away and away .... A major monograph on Gimblett’s work, which appeared in 2002, illuminated various aspects of Gimblett’s practice. With over 100 full color reproductions, the book maps the development of his exceptional career, from the rarely seen geometric paintings of the 1970s to his current works, which vary stylistically.

Artist bio:
In 2004 Gimblett’s standing as a senior New Zealand artist was affirmed by the survey exhibition, The Brush of All Things, curated by Wystan Curnow. The exhibition toured two of the country’s major public galleries – the Auckland Art Gallery and the City Gallery Wellington – and included over forty major works from public and private collections. In 2005 Gimblett was appointed to the honorary position of Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Auckland University.

In 2015, he was appointed Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), and in 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato. Gimblett continues to exhibit widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. His work is represented in major public and private collections around the world, including the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum.


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