Don Driver – an eye for the unexpected
Yellow skin 90 is a classic work by contemporary New Zealand artist Don Driver (1930-2011). It is displayed within the Collecting Contemporary exhibition to pay respect to this inspirational artist and to acknowledge his striking contribution to contemporary New Zealand art.
Driver often worked with the forms and colour of objects around him, frequently salvaging discarded materials. Rather than disguise the past life of his materials, he re-presented them in unexpected and thought-provoking combinations.
In Yellow skin 90, a tarpaulin, an animal skin, and a hook are juxtaposed with other objects to become an exploration of colour, texture, and form.
This text was prepared for the Collecting Contemporary exhibition, December 2011.