12 Jul 2020

Philippa Blair - cloaked in art

From Standing Room Only, 2:50 pm on 12 July 2020

Philippa Blair has been painting on and making cloaks out of canvas since the 1970s.

The artist returned to New Zealand in 2014 after 20 years based in Los Angeles where she exhibited work and taught.

Aucklanders can currently see examples of both her early and recent work at two different galleries in the city.

The Te Uru show is called Down Under Cover and features a selection of very large and very bright abstract paintings.

Her dealer gallery, Orexart, has a selection of her earlier works in a show called Shelter, including some of her colourful canvas cloaks.   

Lynn Freeman asked Philippa Blair first about her large scale brightly coloured paintings, especially those from her time in LA: