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A Tribute: Selected Works from the Pat Parker Collection

Past Exhibition
23 Oct 2014 – 15 Feb 2015
Free

Paul McKay, Pat with 82 Lexia, 1987. The Pat Parker Collection, The Dowse Art Museum

Paul McKay, Pat with 82 Lexia, 1987. The Pat Parker Collection, The Dowse Art Museum

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

Installation view. Photograph: John Lake

This exhibition pays homage to Pat Parker (1943–2014), Lower Hutt resident, art lover and supporter of the arts.

When Pat passed away in early 2014 her family made the decision to place her art collection on long term loan to The Dowse Art Museum. A great appreciation for New Zealand art and especially the work of Ralph Hotere began with Pat’s first purchase, Dawn Water Poem, a lithograph based on a poem by Bill Manhire in the late 1970s. Pat continued to purchase original works on paper and lithographs collecting eleven works by Hotere in her lifetime.

Works by several prominent New Zealand artists including Michael Smither, Stanley Palmer, Trevor Moffitt, Nigel Brown, John Walsh, Graham Sydney, Len Castle and Douglas MacDiarmid are also features of the collection and reflect Pat’s philosophy of buying art and supporting artists.

Pat’s collection shows close parallels with The Dowse collection which has comparative works by most of the above artists. We are extremely grateful to the Parker family for their generosity of the Pat Parker Long Term Loan Collection.

The Dowse Podcast

Curator Brian Wood joined us on The Dowse Podcast to talk about this exhibition, local artists, and deceased estates. Listen to the podcast here.

 

Listen to our podcast 
featuring Curator, Brian
Wood, discussing how 
he curated the show.

Listen to our podcast
featuring Curator, Brian
Wood, discussing how
he curated the show.