Portraits

Portraits

Hard to believe that it was once thought that portraiture didn't sell in NZ, print buyers only wanting landscapes etc. This specific portrait collection is relatively recent (we sort of had it covered in the “figurative collection”) but we felt that artists such as Viky Garden whose self-portraits are the main theme of her practice needed a separate category. And then the screenprints of Michael Smither really 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.
Portrait of Mary Smither by Michael Smither

Portrait of Mary Smither by Michael Smither

NZ$500.00

Girl with Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Girl with Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

NZ$49.95

Gypsy with Baby *Sale* by Amedeo Modigliani

Gypsy with Baby *Sale* by Amedeo Modigliani

NZ$20.00

Portrait of a Boy Print by Chaim Soutine

Portrait of a Boy Print by Chaim Soutine

NZ$45.00 NZ$10.00 Sale

McRangi Print by Shane Hansen

McRangi Print by Shane Hansen

NZ$765.00

Inside out by Fane Flaws

Inside out by Fane Flaws

NZ$550.00

Jesus of Nazareth 1.2 by Brad Novak

Jesus of Nazareth 1.2 by Brad Novak

NZ$695.00

Jesus with Tiki & Crown of Stars by Brad Novak

Jesus with Tiki & Crown of Stars by Brad Novak

NZ$695.00

Wahine o Aroha (White) by Shane Hansen

Wahine o Aroha (White) by Shane Hansen

NZ$1,150.00

Von Tempsky by Lester Hall

Von Tempsky by Lester Hall

NZ$395.00

La Berceuse *Sale* by Vincent Van Gogh

La Berceuse *Sale* by Vincent Van Gogh

NZ$10.00

Maori Chief - Natai by Louis Auguste de Sainson

Maori Chief - Natai by Louis Auguste de Sainson

NZ$49.95

Charlotte Badger by Lester Hall

Charlotte Badger by Lester Hall

NZ$395.00

All 'e Same t'e Pakeha by Charles Goldie

All 'e Same t'e Pakeha by Charles Goldie

NZ$59.95

Four Square Man Print - Medium

Four Square Man Print - Medium

NZ$49.95

Portrait of Captain Cook by John Webber

Portrait of Captain Cook by John Webber

NZ$109.95

Mother and Child by Frances  Hodgkins

Mother and Child by Frances Hodgkins

NZ$59.95

Princess 1.1 by NBP (aka Brad Novak)

Princess 1.1 by NBP (aka Brad Novak)

NZ$695.00

Captain James Cook by Marika Jones

Captain James Cook by Marika Jones

NZ$39.95

Maori Girl Weaving by Frances  Hodgkins

Maori Girl Weaving by Frances Hodgkins

NZ$24.95

Portrait of Katherine Mansfield by Anne Rice

Portrait of Katherine Mansfield by Anne Rice

NZ$39.95