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Aston Greathead watercolor.''Canadian Geese''

Well known NZ Artist.

Its signed and Dated ''79''

Frame 560x500.
Picture 360x300(under glass).

Aston Wyatt Greathead ( 1921 - 2012) . He was born in Napier. He never received art lessons, but was completely self-taught, developing his own natural talent from an early age. At one early art competition, the judges did not believe the work he submitted was his own, so he was locked in a room with a pencil and paper only to produce a work that amazed the judges.

During the Second World War, Greathead served in the New Zealand Army in the North African and Italian campaigns. His art was in demand by fellow soldiers who wanted to send home pictures.

In 1966 he won Sir Henry Kelliher's Dawson Hallmark watercolour award, which propelled him to fame and brought him commissions. Many of the early commissions came from remote farms, and he was happiest when painting on location. His favourite medium was watercolours, but over time he used this less, in favour of oil acrylics, which he preferred to straight oils. His technique, often used only four colours, and the colour of the canvas, which allowed him to paint relatively fast, often finishing a painting in a matter of hours.

Mount Cook was a favourite subject for him, and the lounge bar and dining room at The Hermitage at that mountain still display his works.

He also donated works to charity: 1000 limited edition prints of his "Keas at dusk" were donated to the Cancer Society in the 1980s, raising $200,000.

Greathead retired to Blenheim in 1994, where he died 18 years later.

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