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Wild beast : the art of Dean Buchanan / Bob Harvey ; photographs by Antoine Gasperini ; foreword by Warwick Roger.

By: Harvey, Bob (Robert Anster).
Contributor(s): Gasperini, Antoine | Buchanan, Dean, 1952- | Gasperini, Antoine, 1969- | Gasperini, Antoine [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Titirangi, Auckland : Exisle Pub., 2007Edition: First edition.Description: 120 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877437076 (hbk.) :; 9781877437076 (pbk.); 1877437077 (pbk.).Subject(s): Buchanan, Dean, 1952- | Painters -- New Zealand -- Biography | Artists -- New Zealand -- Biography | Buchanan, DeanDDC classification: 759.993
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Dean Buchanan is one of New Zealand's best-known artists. From an early age he showed immense talent, painting large oils that demonstrated both technical brilliance and a close affinity with the natural world. During the past thirty years he has become probably New Zealand's most prolific (and also most affordable) painter, as well as one of the most instantly recognisable. His paintings are found in homes throughout New Zealand and in public buildings and galleries both here and overseas. He has also exhibited in Australia, Japan, Chile, Switzerland and the USA. Coupled with his creative talent is an ability to live life to the full. No shrinking violet, 'Wild beast' Buchanan has always expressed himself forthrightly, especially in defence of preserving New Zealand's natural environment. He has also become a mountaineer of some note, and in January 2007 succeeded in climbing Mt Cook. Bob Harvey interviewed Dean Buchanan extensively for this book, and describes every facet of his life. The book also includes 60 superb reproductions of some of his greatest paintings.

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The road west is a much-travelled journey through the fern gullies and volcanic lava fields into the scrublands - always a dangerous place to venture - then into the foothills rising upwards towards the setting sun. Towards the misty peaks of the Waitakere Ranges rising out of a shimmering blue distant haze. This is the spine of the Auckland isthmus - mystic, dark, green and dense. Who wouldn't be drawn to the darkness, the feel of the unknown Some come west crossing the Whau River, named after that small beautiful tree Maori used for sacred ceremonies and a myriad of holistic potions. Now the west begins. The volcanic soil turns to clay, clay to rock and rock to granite. The ranges rise up, with deep, damp gorges and valleys that, before the arrival of the Maori around AD1200, had never felt a human foot. Even in the years of the timber millers the remote gorges remained undiscovered and the mighty kauri, growng since time began survived the axe. Towards the Tasman Sea the ranges run steeply towards the black sand beaches. Out to sea, in ancient times a row of great volcanoes would have lit up the night sky from Northland to Taranaki. It's a long time ago but the ranges are their turbulent offspring. Excerpted from Wild Beast: The Art of Dean Buchanan by Bob Harvey All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.