October 2018 – Our Coffee History. The cover of a menu for the French Maid Coffee House by Gordon Walters, held by the Alexander Turnbull Library, from the 1940s. Walter’s first three exhibitions were held at the French Maid Coffee House in Lambton Quay, Wellington. This information was omitted from the timeline at the retrospective exhibition of Gordon Walters held at the Auckland Art Gallery.
Link: French Maid Coffee House menu at the
Alexander Turnbull Library
Detail from a 1944 drawing by Walters ‘Waikanae Landscape’. Photo taken hand held under gallery lighting.
Walters trained as a commercial artist in the late 1930s and worked as one in the early 1940s. Skills that commercial artists at the time, were taught was hand lettering, line-work and the making and overlaying of single tones. These skills were needed to prepare graphic art for screen printing and the metal plates used in lithographic printing, the main graphic art mediums of the time. The drawing above, and the painting below shows Walters employing that tradecraft over his lifetime.
Archetypical imagery associated with Gordon Walters; ‘Genealogy 5’ from 1971. Photo taken hand held under gallery lighting.
October 2018 – Barry Linton 1947 – 2018. Barry Linton was an extraordinary underground comic artist. At different stages his work could be compared to Robert Crumb or the Hernandez Brothers. However his style was easily recognised as only his.
Over his drawing career Linton's subject matter changed and his style varied. What never changed was the quality, the meticulous approach to detailing. Barry the artist was given opportunities to go mainstream, he went there occasionally, but never stayed. He was eccentric, self-contained and contented in being his own person.
October 2018 – G.I. Street Art. Travelled out to Glenn Innes to check this year’s Bradley Lane Project.
October 2018 – Karl Maughan. New Karl Maughan paintings at Gow-Langsford Gallery, coinciding with Auckland Art Week. Photo taken hand held under gallery lighting.
Karl has a history with coffee, with partners, opening the stand-out café, Rakinos, in High Street, Auckland in 1991
October 2018 – Terry Stringer. A new piece of Public art has been unveiled in the neighbourhood. Terry Stinger’s ‘Hygeia’, outside the Auckland Medical School, opposite the Domain entrance.
The best way to view this work is from a bus going towards Grafton Bridge.
Looking from the South.
Looking from the North.
October 2018 - Gratis Postcards. We have been asking some of our regular customers to draw or write on the back of postcards, which have been left blank. All our postcards are printed on art-stock card made by Fedrigoni of Verona.
'Miller's 3D Postcard 2' by John Radford.
‘Origami Miller’s’ by John Radford.
October 2018 - Northern New South Wales. The region is an abundant sub-tropical region with a magical hinterland with a turquoise coastline, three hours flying from Auckland. A vast area of lush vegetation and interesting communities.
Coffee has been grown in this area since the 1890s. There is a range of meso-climates, from tropical to frost-free temperate, from bananas to cauliflowers.
The communities have re invented their colonial heritage. During the 1950s, 60s and 70s it attracted Beats, bohemian, surfers, hippies and communal living and this influence still lingers.
Mullumbimby Community Gardens.
Cape Byron Lighthouse, the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.
The Farms Cafe.
Shade grown coffee.
Coffee in flower makes a heavenly fragrance.
The man-cave of everything coffee.
K7 Coffee in parchment for plant propagation.
An unconventional roaster
Checking the roast.
Behind the roasting shed a native bee cliff. Every third bite of our food depends on bees.
Murwillumbah farmers market. There is a farmers market somewhere, every day, in the northern rivers region.
The coffee cart.
Fresh produce under cover.
An Australiana style cafe in Murwillumbah.
Tiffany Hall shops Bangalow.
ny of her paintings.
Early drawings by Margret Olly. All artwork photos taken handheld under existing lighting.
Re-creation of Olly’s home.
Artwork of Margret Olly