Collection

Five part piece
Don Driver

1972

Don Driver
b.
1930
Title:
Five part piece
Production date:
1972
Accession No:
73/17
Measurements:
3040 x 6080mm
Media:
Acrylic on canvas

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Gifted to the Gallery by the artist in 1973.

This work was commissioned for the exhibition 'Ten big paintings' at Auckland Art Gallery in 1971. Opportunities to work on large-scale canvases were rare at that time, hence this work is made of five interlocking canvases. The sections are each painted in a bold flat colour and when brought together, create sharp optical effects. 'Five part piece' is an example of a painting practice that approaches sculpture. This work uses minimalist style over a large area to act like a mural that operates in three dimensions. It is perhaps a precursor to the installation practice developed later in Don Driver's career and indicates his strong interest in colour.