Empire, Gavin HipkinsEMPIRE
Gavin Hipkins
Essay by Daniel Palmer,
“For Anton Lock, 1893-1971”

Publication launched on the occasion of Gavin Hipkins‘ exhibition Second Empire at Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi (14th February-13th April 2008) during the completion of the McCahon residency at French Bay, Auckland (December 2007-February 2008)

The fourth resident, photographer Gavin Hipkins, arrived from Wellington at the end of November with his young family and spent Christmas in the bush. Gavin was the first residency artist with children to stay at the Otitori Road studio and house, making the early decision to build two bedrooms rather than one, a very good one. During his residency, Gavin worked on a series of superimposed images, printed onto canvas, exploring the notion of adventure and drama, as depicted in Empire and Commonwealth children’s annuals from the 1950s, juxtaposed with present-day ‘patch’ imagery.

His post-residency exhibition, titled Second Empire, was held in the large gallery at Lopdell House from 14 February – 13 April 2008 and was very successful. In February, Gavin gave an artist’s talk in the gallery; a studio tour to a summer class; and held a ‘master class’ session for photography students.

McCahon House website.

ISBN 9780473130824
Lopdell House Gallery
Hamish McKay Gallery

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