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Influences: Phillip Waddington

10 MAY TO 15 JUNE 2019

Granny Nga



Detail, Granny Nga, oil on canvas by Phillip Waddington

A man of many talents, Phillip Waddington is an artist, an art restorer, a conservationist, an inventor and a drummer. This exhibition is a celebration of his Influences.

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Growing up in Petone, enjoying a typical New Zealand lifestyle of spending time in the local native forest and at the beach, Phillip developed an early appreciation of nature, in particular birds which he kept from an early age. He was further influenced by an association with the Animal Ecology Division of the Department of Science and Research, and participation in extensive field trips with these experts reinforced his drive to promote and protect our endangered bird species. He is deeply concerned over the plight of many native bird species that are under threat of extinction.

Proceeds from the sales of Phillip’s artworks in the 1990s went towards the protection of 57 acres of pre-European forest located in Stokes Valley, Wellington. His aim was to save it from development housing and he was then faced with the huge task of caring for this land (kaitiaki) and controlling the predators of the native wildlife within. Most important to Phillip was to avoid using deadly toxins on the land so that the ecosystem was not disrupted, so he used his design and problem solving skills to develop humane predator traps. From trialling these very basic prototypes, hundreds of thousands have been made and are used to protect Kiwi and other endangered wildlife.

Although the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand are of special interest, Phillip is equally skilled in portraiture. Perhaps the portraits he is most well known for are those of the last of the Māori women with the traditional facial tattoo (moko) whom he met during his travels through the Ureweras as a young man. Subjects for paintings often come from Phillip's observations of people in everyday life. He built a lasting rapport with several of these (and more recent) portrait subjects. He has developed a painting style influenced by two great masters, Rembrandt and C F Goldie, and has also continued in the footsteps of Goldie by recording through his art, engaging and important visual records of the Māori moko tradition. His Māori oil portraits justifiably earned Phillip the nickname The Living Goldie.

Phillip finds inspiration for painting everywhere. As a keen observer of nature, people and the places occupied by both, he has created a body of work using a variety of techniques and materials. He has the ability to capture the essence of the subject and reflect this back to the viewer in a very engaging way. Aside from his stunning portrayals of New Zealand native fauna, his time as artist in residence at Wellington Zoo provided a great opportunity to observe and create compelling and sympathetic images some of the Zoo’s non-native residents.

Influences is Phillip's first major exhibition in over 30 years and Mitchell Studios is delighted to be hosting his wonderful artworks.

Learn more about Phillip through his website.

Influences Catalogue

Unless indicated, all artworks are framed.

Dappled Light

Dappled Light

Gollans Valley (at the back of Eastbourne) where the last Huias were seen.
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$15,500

MAORI PORTRAITS

Granny Nga

Granny Nga

Portrait of Nga Kahikatea Wirihana
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$14,000 - SOLD

Tuhoe in Blue

Tuhoe in Blue

Portrait of Te Onewhero Takurua (Tangi Tamarau)
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$8,750 - SOLD

Kapia Te Paua

Kapai Te Paua

Portrait of Te Onewhero Takurua (Tangi Tamarau)
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$8,750

The Flax Hat

The Flax Hat

Portrait of Te Onewhero Takurua (Tangi Tamarau)
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$13,500 - SOLD

The Jokes on Me

The Joke's On Me

Portrait of Tuhoe elder Mrs Rutene
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$9,000

Reflecting

Reflecting

Portrait of Tuhoe kuia Mrs Natana
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$7,500

Early Sketch of Tangi

Early Sketch of Tangi

Original 1974 sketch of Te Onewhero Takurua (Tangi Tamarau)
Phillip Waddington
Graphite on Paper
unframed (presented with mount board & mat)
$450


During Te Papa’s 1999 Charles F. Goldie exhibition, I was employed to hold a painting demonstration and produce an oil portrait in the style of Goldie. Bessie Walters of Ngāti Porou, a Collections Manager at Te Papa, was my subject.

 Aunt Bessie Inquisitive

Aunt Bessie, Inquisitive

Phillip Waddington
Conté Crayon on Paper
unframed (presented with mount board & mat)
$300

Aunt Bessie Pensive

Aunt Bessie, Pensive

Phillip Waddington
Conté Crayon on Paper
unframed (presented with mount board & mat)
$350

Please contact us with any inquiries.

WILDLIFE

Yellowheads (Mohua)

Endangered Mohua (Yellowheads)

Found in South Island New Zealand
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$4,200

Ghosts of the Forest

Ghosts of the Forest

The last Huias sighted in Gollans Valley, 1922
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$4,200 - SOLD

Winter Tui

Winter Tui

Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$950

Preening Partners

Preening Partners

Silvereyes, partners for life
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$1,500 - SOLD

Mother Hen

Mother Hen (Pukeko)

Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$650

Goldfinch

Goldfinch on Thistles

Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$550 - SOLD

Tenderness

Tenderness

Baboons, Wellington Zoo
Artist in Residence 2014
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$2,750

Feline Pride

Feline Pride

Civets, Wellington Zoo
Artist in Residence 2014
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$2,500

Looking for Lunch

Looking for Lunch

Lanky the Pelican, Wellington Zoo
Artist in Residence 2014
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$1,500

Catching the Last Rays

Catching the Last Rays

Endangered Samatran Tiger, Wellington Zoo
Artist in Residence 2014
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$2,000

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PEOPLE & PLACES

The Silk Seller

The Silk Seller

Portrait of Anoop Bediat of Sherazad Silks
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$4,750 - SOLD

Chance Encounter

Chance Encounter

Portrait of an Indian lady, Fort in Agra, India
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$4,200

Michelle and Judd on the Lookout

Michelle and Judd on the Lookout

Michelle is an avid hunter on her farm just outside of Dunedin and is also an accomplished taxidermist.
Phillip Waddington
Oil on Canvas
$3,500

Flamenco on Chair

Flamenco on Chair

Marianne, who is a very close friend of mine, is a very accomplished flamenco dancer.
Phillip Waddington
Pastel on Pastel Paper
$3,500

Please contact us with any inquiries.

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