Don Driver

Donald Sinclair Driver (1930–2011) was a New Zealand artist born in Hastings.

Driver is associated with New Plymouth, having moved there with his family in 1944. He was educated at New Plymouth Boys’ High School and worked as a dental technician during the 1940s and 1950s before a lengthy period working at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (1969 to 1992). His 1966 mural commemorating the 1933 trans-Tasman flight of Charles Kingsford-Smith featured at New Plymouth airport from 1967 to 2019. Driver's sculpture Cats was installed in New Plymouth's Pukekura Park during the 1960s. In 2013 a replica of the work was installed in its place.

Driver was self-taught and worked in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, collage and assemblage. His work was often recognized for its use of everyday or vernacular materials.

Driver started making assemblages by collaging found materials. Although, in the early 1970s, he made some pure abstract paintings, he ultimately rejected pure abstraction, preferring to use found materials that carried complicating real-world associations. His materials—including tarps, forty-gallon drums, sacks, agricultural tools, and animal hides and skulls—were keyed to the distinctive rural-industrial New Plymouth environment.

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b.1930, d.2011


Works by this Artist