John Reynolds

New Zealand, b.1956

John Reynolds graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1980. His practice encompasses elements of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and performance. His early paintings are large abstractions influenced by post-war American colour-field works, but he gradually moved into a drawing-based approach using paint markers, oil sticks and spray cans to create pared-back, text-based compositions. Reynolds’ use of text is inextricably tied to his interest in issues of place and belonging, through his inclusion of Kiwi vernacular, place names and sayings in his work. In 2006, his work Clouds featured prominently in the 2006 Sydney Biennale, Zones of Contact. Reynolds was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by the Arts Council of New Zealand in 1993, won the Visa Gold Art Award in 1994 and was a Walters Prize finalist twice, in 2002 and 2006. Reynolds has exhibited extensively both in New Zealand and overseas, and his work is held in a number of significant public collections, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

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Auction Results

Day Light

1997

oilstick, printed paper and drawing pins on canvas

95mm x 145mm

Achieved $480.50

Personals (cont.)/If clumsy, unfeeling lust is your bag

2008

oilstick on screenprinted paper

315mm x 245mm

Achieved $469

That Words Are Dust

2004

paint marker and acrylic on canvas (edition 1/10)

300mm x 225mm

Achieved $600.63

Study for Desert Rd. IV

2003

paint marker and acrylic on canvas

350mm x 275mm

Achieved $1,681.75

All Truth is Crooked

1997

oilstick, acrylic, printed paper and drawing pins on canvas (diptych)

350mm x 550mm (overall)

Achieved $1,441.50

Kafka's Reflection: One must defraud no-one

1997

oilstick, acrylic, printed paper and drawing pins on canvas

335mm x 280mm

Achieved $1,321.38

Personals (cont.)/Already Bored With 2008?

2008

oilstick on screenprinted paper

315mm x 245mm

Achieved $600.65

Small Burial VI

1989

ink and oil stick on blackboard, artist-selected frame

278mm x 278mm

Achieved $1,561.63

Acronyms, etc. #301 (The Art World)

2004

paint marker on canvas

100mm x 102mm

Achieved $240.25

Mandarin Studies #110

2014

acrylic on canvas

100mm x 103mm

Achieved $300.31

Story

2004

paint marker on canvas, edition 10/10

103mm x 100mm

Achieved $300.31

Big Silver Light #8

2006

spray paint on canvas

100mm x 102mm

Achieved $144.15

Acronyms, etc. #765 (Big Up)

2007

acrylic and paint marker on canvas

100mm x 101mm

Achieved $240.25

Acronyms, etc. #261 (In a Dark Room)

2004

paint marker on canvas

100mm x 102mm

Achieved $270.29

Cheap Money #31 (Exactly Eighty Dollars)

2008

paint marker on canvas

100mm x 102mm

Achieved $252.26

Mandarin Studies #112

2014

acrylic on canvas

103mm x 100mm

Achieved $288.30