Greer Twiss

Auckland, New Zealand, b. 1937

As a child, Greer Twiss put on puppet shows, using marionettes that he made himself—an interest in theatre and figuration which recurs throughout his oeuvre. After high school, Twiss attended Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts, where he trained as a sculptor, attaining an honours degree in 1959. Twiss was amongst the first New Zealand artists to cast in bronze, producing elegant, formalised figures, many of which contain an element of social commentary—particularly in works such as Marchers (1967) or Remember New Zealand (1982), which reference the anti-nuclear protests of the ‘60s and the anti-apartheid protests during the 1981 Springbok tour, respectively. After graduating, Twiss trained as a teacher, and worked at Tamaki Intermediate School. Twiss travelled to Europe on a QEII Arts Council Grant in 1965, to study the lost-wax casting process, and lectured at Elam from 1966 to 1999. Twiss has exhibited widely both in New Zealand and overseas, with shows in France, Australia and Korea. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. Twiss has been the subject of two major surveys, the touring show Greer Twiss Sculpture 1959-81 (1982-5) and Greer Twiss: Theatre Workshop at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, in 2003.

Auction Results

Frame

1970

lacquer on cast bronze

180mm x 560mm x 245mm (widest points)

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000

Frozen Frames: Plain 4

1969

enamel on cast bronze

103mm x 300mm x 910mm (widest points)

Achieved $5,862.50

untitled

1964

conté on paper

230mm x 155mm

Achieved $420.44

untitled

c. 1984–88

ink on paper

296mm x 210mm

Achieved $360.38