- Purchased, 1990
- 995 x 700mm
Staff at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū were saddened to hear the news of John Nixon’s death recently. An Australian artist with strong connections to Aotearoa New Zealand, John held many dealer shows in this country over the past three decades. His work is well represented in Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s Chartwell Trust Collection, and here in Ōtautahi Christchurch we hold a stunning series of his self portraits, printed from sheets of plywood, that show his interest in abstraction and the suprematist work of Kazimir Malevich. John also incorporated sound into his practice through his free noise ensemble The Donkey’s Tail – a selection of musicians and non-musicians who would play an improvised set using traditional and non-traditional sound-making equipment. The Donkey’s Tail performed at Christchurch Art Gallery in 2008 – a performance which remains one of the highlights in the Gallery’s programme of sound art.