Boy with Noah's Ark

Edith Collier, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in United Kingdom in 1916-1917.
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About the Work
"This playful piece with the roguish over-the-shoulder look and vibrant colours shows a different energy to Collier’s usual pensive works. The boy’s turned back indicates an inner world that we, the grown-ups, only glimpse. And I can almost hear the clamour of plastic and wood as he bundles the prized toys with a protective and proud look. It so reminds me of my doted childhood toys; the hot pink 90s Polly Pocket with the water feature attached, and the delicate Sylvanian Family figurines."
- Anique Jayasinghe, 'My Choice' exhibition series, November 2022
Image 465 x 428mm
gouache on card
Gouache on card, painted portrait of a young boy holding an armful of toys, book and a horn wearing a green top and matching hat. Behind him are a series of toy figures including a soldier, leopard, camel, elephant, and black wolf? Next to the figures is a red-roofed ark with white walls, black paned windows and blue curved board base. The forms are stylised with areas of flat colour outlined in black paint. The colours are very bright.
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Collection of the Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
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