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An unusual find, this signed pair of large matching Rei Hamon litho prints date from the 1970s and have been appropriately framed for display as an eye-catching double act. Hamon was born in Auckland in 1919 and died in 2008, and, having taken it up in his middle age, was prolific and successful with his trademark pointillist skills through the latter part of the 1960s into the early 1980s, before arthritis forced a slowdown in his output. Reknowned for his knowledge of the environment and attention to the native species of New Zealand, his work combines technical skill with an individualistic approach to the subject. He was made a CBE in 1981.
Hamon’s “Jewels of Okarito” from 1976 was presented by the New Zealand government to Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit, and forms one of the pair. “Return to Still Waters” from 1978 completes the couple. Both have been signed – with the latter including an indication of its edition number (128) and date in the same hand.
In good condition with some minor discoloration to the prints due to age, these are fine examples of the artist’s exhaustive work on the flora and fauna of New Zealand, of pointillist technique specificially, and of sympathetic landscape art in general.
The prints are displayed inside apertures measuring 28.5 cm by 22.5 cm (11¼ in. by 8¾ in. approx.). The frames measure 46.5 cm by 40 cm (18 in. by 15¾ in. approx.). The mounts are a complementary dark grey colour. The prints are being sold as a pair but please get in touch if you would like to purchase one of them as an individual piece.
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