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MALCOLM HARRISON. A CELEBRATION

28 January to 21 February
Curator’s floor talk 2pm Saturday 17 February

Northart is starting the year with a stunning exhibition of artworks from the estate of nationally acclaimed textile artist Malcolm Harrison (1941 – 2007). Curated by Cerys Dallaway Davidson the sixty or so works currently on display clearly illustrate Malcolm’s outstanding achievements as an artist as well as his extraordinary ability to work across a wide variety of media. Included in the collection are large quilts (some measuring up to 4 meters in width) as well as smaller ones, wool tapestries, linen embroideries, small sculptural pieces and assemblages, drawings and working drawings, and sketches and illustrations as well as poetry and children’s books.

Malcolm first made his name as a fashion designer – and opened his own boutique, Jasper Johnsons Jamboree, in Takapuna - before moving into textile art in the early 1970s. At that time, textile art was generally classified as craft, and not taken so seriously in the art world; Malcolm, however, established himself as an artist relatively quickly being invited to hold his first exhibition at the prestigious Denis Cohn Gallery, in Auckland, in 1979 and a couple of years later having a solo show in the equally respected Janne Land Gallery in Wellington.

Cerys Dallaway Davidson will give a floor talk on the works in the show on Saturday 17 February at 2pm.