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The Cold War
Portrait of Viki, 1974

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Untitled, c1970s
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A New Zealand neo-expressionist painter born in 1949, in Nelson, Philip Clairmont studied at the Canterbury School of Art. In 1973 he received a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grant, and by 1977 had moved to Auckland and was painting full-time. He became known as an expressionist or neo-expressionist creating large paintings on coarse hessian canvas, his subjects often being of a domestic nature, but abstracted into frightening images.

Philip Clairmont is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1989 of 558, of which 381 (68%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $298,453 for Scarred Couch II sold by Art+Object in June 2018. This year 38 works have been offered for sale. Works by Philip Clairmont are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).

Philip Clairmont is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • Gil Docking, with additions by Michael Gunn covering 1970-90. Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd., New Zealand, 1990 Page 207
  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 45
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.

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