Philippa Blair
New Zealand b. 1945

Like the chief protagonists of Abstract Expressionism, Blair paints from above her canvas, thus defying a singular direction, and denying a specific interpretation. Her painterly process is characterised by physicality and spontaneity of gestural force. Blair’s palette has no bounds; contrasting and complimentary colours are applied directly from the tube or dropped, drizzled or splattered across the primed canvas. In recent works negative (white) space has appeared, ironically heightening the presence of colour and the tactility of paint. She manipulates the movement of paint across the surface by rotating her canvas and spillling, pouring, slicing and carving her oils to build and excavate the final image.

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Crosswinds (Attraversare) 2000, Oil on Canvas, 122x243cm, $15,750
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Sunflower 2021, Mixed Media on Canvas, 76x152cm, $9,450
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Astronaut 2020, Mixed Media on Canvas,152x76cm, $9,500
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Pipe Dreams 2019, Mixed Media on Canvas, 152x76cm, $11,000
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Fandango IV, 2007 Oil on Canvas 61x61cm, $4,250
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Hub, 2000 Oil on canvas 61 x 61m $4,250
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Portrait 1, 2000 Oil on canvas 61 x 61cm $4,250
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Figure of Speech 2013, Oil on Canvas, 6 x46cm $3,950
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Zhi (Branch) 2007 Oil on canvas 61x61cm $4,250
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Structures for Living Systems 2013 76x152cm, $8,950
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Yulu Gadao 2006 - Pathway of the Fish, OonC, 91x183cm, $14,500
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Flux 1996, Oil on Canvas, 61x50cm, $4,250
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Awake 2013, Oil on Canvas, 76x76cn, $4,750
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Angelus Place , Oil on Canvas 137x137cm, $12,500
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Santa Monica Place, Oil on Canvas, 137x137cm, $12,500
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Score 1999 (triptych, Oil on Canvas, 76x228cm, $11,000
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Portrait II 2000, 46x46cm, Oil on Canvas, $3,950
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Papagayo Latigo (Parrot Whip) 2004, Oil on Canvas, 61x61cm $4,250
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Lazy Wind 2009, 61x61cm, Oil & Spray on Canvas, $4,250
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Untitled 1997, Oil & Charcoal on Canvas, 61x51cm, $3,950
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