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In the 1960s, John Drawbridge reimagined the sensations, textures, and colours of the Pacific Ocean through abstract painting.
Drawbridge had left New Zealand in 1957 on a scholarship to study art in Britain. There, he was inspired by the colour, scale, and intensity of the abstract expressionism and colour-field painting styles. He blended these modernist influences with memories of his homeland to convey the feeling and form of New Zealand’s coastal environment.
Having achieved critical success in Britain, Drawbridge returned to Wellington in late 1963. Here, he continued to develop these painting techniques and motifs over the next 40 years.