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the imaginative life and times of graham percy

26 April - 8 June 2014

Lane and Wall Galleries



Don't miss the charming anarchic illustrations of the well-respected but little-known Taranaki artist Graham Percy.

Percy, who was born in Stratford in 1938, illustrated over 100 children's books, including Gerald Durrell's Fantastic Flying Journey, and editions of Wind in the Willows, Aesop’s Fables and Arabian Nights.

Though Percy was based in London for most of his life until his death in 2008, the kiwi was a common character in his work.

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy includes a series of drawings of anthropomorphised kiwis making their way around the world - in Venice in a gondola, dressed in Russian garb, and two Parisian kiwis examining a carved stone kiwi on a gothic building.

The exhibition draws on the vast body of drawings and illustrations that he left behind and pays tribute to the art of drawing, to the exquisite beauty of the hand-drawn line, to the ink pen and the lead pencil.


Exhibition curated and developed by Gregory O'Brien in partnership with Exhibition Services Tours, in association with City Gallery Wellington, and Gus Fisher Gallery. All artworks courtesy of the Graham Percy Family Trust.