The Clothes Line (in a Canterbury Nor'wester)

Philip Clairmont, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand in 1973.
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About the Work
“Another memory from my early gallery visits. This is the work that opened my eyes to the paint medium. It's a riot of colour and movement. It's hard not to be affected by it. I love the inclusion of fabric pieces, which must have been an early inspiration on my own work with textile collage.”
- Nicky Bousfield, 'My Choice' January 2022

Philip Clairmont was an expressionist painter. Clairmont was influenced by the ‘psychedelic' culture which affected the way he approached art and the state of mind he preferred to be in while making his artwork. A trademark of his is the infusion of chaos and energy into everyday objects, such as a clothes line.
1117 x 902 mm
oil & painted fabric collage on board
Multi-coloured expressionist painting of a clothesline that appears to be spinning with fabric flying outwards. There are collaged fabric pieces applied on and in the paint surface.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1975.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
06 Mar 1975



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