The vibrant paintings in this gorgeous book capture that bright sparkling quality of our New Zealand light. Graham Young portrays elements of the Kiwi lifestyle against a backdrop of familiar landscape – the corner dairy, old baches on the coast, boatsheds, villas and country barns. There is always evidence of people in these paintings, which are presented in the form of a journey through everyday culture – there is nothing highbrow about the art shown here. Graham is fascinated by signposts of the past, the architectural heritage of our towns and disused agricultural machinery hidden in long grass on older farms. He comments about his paintings, which are grouped loosely together to reflect place and scene: beach and coast, town and country.
Visitors and New Zealanders alike will enjoy this evocative collection depicting the laid-back Kiwi lifestyle.
Graham Young has built up a reputation for his realistic works of contemporary New Zealand life, with regular exhibitions and publications of prints, greeting cards and calendars. Born in England, he trained as a photo-lithographer and ran his own design and prepress studio in New Zealand, before returning to his first love of oil painting. He has exhibited widely in this country, Australia and the UK and works on numerous private commissions.