Press Portfolio - Norman Sinclair

By: Norman Sinclair  05-Apr-2012

High country first love of painter

"Getting to work is part of the fun for high-country artist Norman Sinclair. To reach the musterers and the horses, cattle and sheep which feature in his watercolours can mean a journey by four-wheel drive, horseback, or even a helicopter."

Jim Sullivan (Radio New Zealand Presenter), 2006 

 

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High country connection to Peter McIntyre

"Sinclair is the inheritor of the popular vision of the artist Peter McIntyre (1910-1995)..his work has some of the same facility, the warm use of colour, the deft drips and splashes that made the older artist so appealing. Like Sam Mahon's "Southern Man" at the Dunedin Airport, this man always seems to be turning away from us, preoccupied with the task at hand."

Excerpt from an article by Richard Dingwall, Otago Daily Times 2004

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Norman Sinclair - Water Colour Artist

"Norman Sinclair is variously described by colleagues and friends as a person rich in experiences and humour, adventurous in life and in painting.In drawing the land he is immediately involved in ore than controlling the correct proportions and construction; he is confronted with describing mood and personality which have a strong bearing on the acceptance of the artist's total effort.


In all of Sinclair's artistic endeavours the challenge and excitement of land, sea and colours have never ceased; the results, a delight to behold, appear deceptively simple to achieve.

Excerpt from a publication by Mr Wilkie written for the Whangaparaoa Gallery (Auckland), 1993

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Norman Sinclair by author Graeme McLeod, 2002/3

"After several decades of development this artist and his art are receiving the recognition and acclaim justly due. The appeal of his work is now much wide and attracts strong national and international interest from buyers and investors..The special qualities of luminosity in the light and clarity of the rarefied air are skillfully brought to the canvas in the technically difficult medium..watercolours. He produces artworks which have a timeless quality. These paintings convey the ethos of the high country life and the manner of men whose lone lifestyles in high altitudes are remote from home comforts or city society.

Sinclair has a particular gift for concise line, this artfully presents the recognizable outline and form of men working animals amid the steepness of river gorge and on the craggy mountains of the Lindas pass area, or remote river basins of the Mackenzie Country.

Sinclair's life-work is unique..Nobody else chooses to do what he does..in quite the way that he does it. Nobody else, in truth, can ever do that. In this special sense the artist and his work have social and historical value, now, and in the years to come."

Graeme McLeod

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"Regarded as an outstanding in his area, Norman Sinclair constructs his paintings with masterful composition, adding contrasts and creating lights..a selection of his work will be featured within the Christchurch Golden Wing Club lounge through to July."

Excerpt from 'Golden Wing Club News', Ansett New Zealand, 2000