Born in Lithuania in 1917, Rudi Gopas studied at the Kannas Art School. In 1949 he migrated to New Zealand and lived in Christchurch, where he was later appointed lecturer at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts. A recurring theme through his work is that of harbours, and his style of painting has moved from expressive realism in the 1950s to abstract expressionism in the 1960s, and later shows the influence of Eastern thought and art.
The earliest auction listing we have for Rudi Gopas is in 1977 and in total 283 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 163 (58%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $17,174 for Kaikoura Slipway sold by Dunbar Sloane in June 2019. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Rudi Gopas are held by the Christchurch Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery and Museum Of New Zealand.
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