Golden Cloud

Gretchen Albrecht1973

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The inspiration for the stained canvas, Golden Cloud, comes from Auckland’s west coast. Over several decades, Gretchen Albrecht captured the ephemeral changes of light and colour that influence our perceptions of land, sea and sky.

The canvas rectangle lends itself to the broad sweep of Golden Cloud. Flowing horizontal washes of thin acrylic paint capture the shimmering glow of sun on cloud, the dark of night imperceptibly closing in on the day. The deeper colour below is suggestive of a momentary green flash, that secret of nature sometimes revealed as the sun sinks over the horizon.

Like some of Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor’s cave-like works, this ‘sky-scape’ imprints itself on your retina, remaining as a metaphoric atmosphere in your mind.See more detail about this artwork

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  • Title: Golden Cloud
  • Creator: Gretchen Albrecht
  • Date Created: 1973
  • Physical Dimensions: w1778 x h1370 mm (Without frame)
  • Description: Gretchen Albrecht was born in Onehunga, New Zealand in 1943. She attended the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1963. Albrecht received grants from the QE II Arts foundation in 1976, 1978 and 1986, and travelled and worked extensively in the United States during this time. She was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago in 1981. Several major retrospectives of her work have been held, including at the Auckland Art Gallery and the City Gallery Wellington.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1974, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/terms-of-use
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: acrylic on canvas


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