Gretchen Albrecht

Onehunga, New Zealand, b. 1943

Gretchen Albrecht is a prominent contemporary artist, who has produced some of the most recognisable abstract pieces in the New Zealand cultural landscape over the course of her fifty-year career. Upon completing her studies at the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1963, her work caught the attention of Colin McCahon, leading to her first exhibition in 1965.

Her works on canvas most often take the form of a hemispherical or ovular combustion of vivid colour, reflecting a delicate consideration of the raw power and dramatic beauty of the natural environment. The poetic interplay between colour and form in Albrecht’s work creates an intimate dialogue, which she uses to reference emotional concerns such as relationships, spirituality and human connections to the landscape. Her more recent works have evolved in such a way as to further explore these themes, incorporating large-scale stainless steel sculptures as well as rectangular paintings, which often span multiple canvases. Having exhibited both in New Zealand and internationally, Albrecht’s practice represents an ongoing investigation of colour, geometry and scale.

Essays
Auction Results

Of Cloud and Sky

2005

acrylic and oil on linen

940mm x 1830mm

Achieved $20,000

Untitled

1984

acrylic on canvas

1255mm x 2510mm (widest points)

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000

Geomorphology

1974

watercolour on paper

1110mm x 735mm

Achieved $10,552.50

Pounamu

2002

lithograph on paper, edition 13/100

570mm x 765mm

Achieved $1,993.25