Ruby Listening to David Parkyn

Alan Taylor, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in circa 1982. The place where it was made is unknown.
About the Work
"Between the late 70s and early 80s me and my partner the artist Sally Griffin used to visit Alan regularly. The talk would go on for hours. He had a wicked sense of humour before midnight and fierce insights after. In his bare sparse rooms (an old house on Ponsonby Rd broken into flats, a hotel rooming house in Victoria St, a flat above a shop in Dominion Rd) he would pull from a cupboard amazing paintings, their vivid colours contrasting with his much plainer surroundings. As regards 'Ruby', I don't recall that painting but do remember visiting him and bringing my guitar after an Artists Against Apartheid concert at the Mercury Theatre (sometime in July 81). I had sung a particularly incendiary song of mine 'Burn' and we joked how it could never be played on the radio. Perhaps that inspired Alan in one of his midnight to dawn painting 'shifts' to produce the one you have at the Sarjeant."
- David Parkyn, September 2020
306 x 226mm
oil on canvas
Woman in red next to a radio and surrounded by text and snake forms. The title of the painting is on the left in blue paint and in red paint at the right is 'RADIO HAURAKI'
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 1984.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Oct 1984


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