Portraits

“Portraiture doesn’t sell in NZ”, one of the axioms of print retail that we would like to move beyond. Our reluctance to offer a portrait collection (we sort of had it covered in the “figurative collection”) was undermined by artists such as Viky Garden whose self-portraits are the main theme of her practice. But it was the screenprints of Michael Smither that tipped the balance for us, Smither’s portraits of his family are a wonderful body of work, as much as we enjoy his more academic exploration of music and print-making Smither’s portraits melted our hearts and are determined to promote these scenes of NZ domestic life to a wider audience of print buyers. We dipped our toe in on Pinterest with a board of portraits of famous New Zealanders - why, we wondered, do the people in other countries routinely decorate with pictures of famous leaders (Churchill, Abraham Lincoln etc) or inspirational figures from Joan of Arc onwards - but NZers have only ever showed a desire to own that famous grandfatherly portrait of Mickey Savage, something that would be seen as dramatically statement of political partisanship in the modern office. With a collection of imported reproductions of famous paintings that lean heavily toward the academic/art history end of of the spectrum our collection of portraits by other than NZ artists is without parallel in New Zealand, given the accepted wisdom that portraits don’t sell this devotion is either foolhardy or determined! But we think you should be able to buy a reasonably priced print of famous portraits like the “Mona Lisa” from NZ Fine Prints, living with the work of superb painters in full colour everyday is a luxury we need living so far away from many of the world’s great art collections.
All 'e Same t'e Pakeha by Charles Goldie

All 'e Same t'e Pakeha by Charles Goldie

NZ$59.95

Mother and Child by Frances  Hodgkins

Mother and Child by Frances Hodgkins

NZ$59.95

Girl with Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Girl with Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

NZ$49.95

Four Square Man Print - Medium

Four Square Man Print - Medium

NZ$49.95

Maori Chief - Natai by Louis Auguste de Sainson

Maori Chief - Natai by Louis Auguste de Sainson

NZ$49.95

La Berceuse *Sale* by Vincent Van Gogh

La Berceuse *Sale* by Vincent Van Gogh

NZ$10.00

Portrait of Katherine Mansfield by Anne Rice

Portrait of Katherine Mansfield by Anne Rice

NZ$39.95

Portrait of a Boy *Sale* by Chaim Soutine

Portrait of a Boy *Sale* by Chaim Soutine

NZ$10.00

Gypsy with Baby *Sale* by Amedeo Modigliani

Gypsy with Baby *Sale* by Amedeo Modigliani

NZ$20.00

King 1.6 by Brad Novak

King 1.6 by Brad Novak

NZ$250.00

Maori Girl Weaving by Frances  Hodgkins

Maori Girl Weaving by Frances Hodgkins

NZ$24.95

Jesus of Nazareth 1.2 by Brad Novak

Jesus of Nazareth 1.2 by Brad Novak

NZ$695.00

Pharaoh 1.5 by Brad Novak

Pharaoh 1.5 by Brad Novak

NZ$250.00

Nemesis 1.4 by Brad Novak

Nemesis 1.4 by Brad Novak

NZ$250.00

The Hero’s Journey by Sofia Minson

The Hero’s Journey by Sofia Minson

NZ$950.00

Princess 1.4 by Brad Novak

Princess 1.4 by Brad Novak

NZ$250.00

Bombshell 1.6 by Brad Novak

Bombshell 1.6 by Brad Novak

NZ$250.00

Blue Lady by Lester Hall

Blue Lady by Lester Hall

NZ$395.00

Party Time, Porirua 1963 by Jacqueline Fahey

Party Time, Porirua 1963 by Jacqueline Fahey

NZ$650.00

A Lad Insane by Dick Frizzell

A Lad Insane by Dick Frizzell

NZ$1,050.00

Captain James Cook by Marika Jones

Captain James Cook by Marika Jones

NZ$39.95

Princess 1.1 by NBP (aka Brad Novak)

Princess 1.1 by NBP (aka Brad Novak)

NZ$695.00