Gretchen Albrecht

Gretchen Albrecht is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s preeminent abstract painters, receiving wide renown over the course of her distinguished career. Albrecht’s paintings combine formal, historical and ephemeral qualities and her sensuous colour palette and staining of her canvas’s act as a generous counterpoint for rhythmic patterns of architectural form, gestural movement and scale. The tactile quality of the work, with its assured swirling brushstrokes, resonates strongly with Albrecht’s allusions to an inward sense of order cast into a dynamic relationship with the underlying rhythms of a natural, mythological cosmos.

Albrecht has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and internationally for five decades. Her work is held in major New Zealand and Australian public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Waikato Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Auckland and Victoria University. In 2000, Gretchen was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to painting. In 2002 the Auckland Art Gallery mounted the large-scale exhibition, Illuminations: a 23 Year Survey of the Hemispheres and Ovals. She is the subject of
several major publications, including, most recently, her monograph Between gesture and geometry (Massey University Press, Auckland, 2019), Colloquy: Three Essays, (Auckland, 2015), edited by James Ross with essays by Colm Tóibín, Linda Gill and Mary Kisler.

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