Don Peebles – Painter (1922 – 2010)

Many other people (such as the formidable Barrs, or William McAloon) will eulogize on the late Don Peebles and his place in both the story of Canterbury/New Zealand art and of his very special role as a teacher and mentor for many artists.

Upon induction as an Arts foundation icon Peebles was described as

A key figure in the emergence and evolution of New Zealand abstract art, Don Peebles was known as a leading force in contemporary New Zealand painting and is one of New Zealand’s most senior and respected practitioners.

Don Peebles: the harmony of opposites Don Peebles: the harmony of opposites is a 1996 catalogue of  a major retrospective of the work of Don Peebles at the then Robert McDougall Art Gallery. With text and curation by Justin Paton, it also contains many plates illustrating the work. Of course if you don’t want to read it online you can also borrow the catalogue in paper.

The Peebles catalogue is one of the many  gems that the Christchurch Art Gallery has digitised over the past few years and offers an insight into a career of one of New Zealand’s pioneering abstract artists.

To find  images of Peebles work you can browse the collections of Te Papa, Christchurch Art Gallery and Auckland Art Gallery via Matapihi.

Farewell Don Peebles.