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Pacific frigate bird I, by Don Binney

Don Binney (born 1940) New Zealand
Pacific frigate bird I  1968
oil and acrylic paint on canvas
Gift of the Ministry of External Relations and Trade, 1990

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Across the sea

Don Binney began painting images of birds in the New Zealand landscape in the early 1960s. These works quickly established his reputation.

This work was painted after an extended visit to Mexico and the United States in 1967−68. The trip gave Binney a new awareness of New Zealand’s place in the Pacific and stimulated a new direction in his work.

The striking form of the red, black and white frigate bird, the expansive ocean and endless pale sky, create a sense of space and distance.

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