Works in the database
283
Works with images
209
Works with multiple sales
39

Past Sales

Lake & Hills
Coastal Scene
Mountain Landscape, River and Bridge

Sales by Medium

Works on Paper
Sold 111 works for
$225,645
Paintings
Sold 44 works for
$225,402
Objects
Sold 1 works for
$3,432

Where to buy or sell art works by Rudolf (Rudi) Gopas

Auction Houses

Dunbar Sloane
Sold 47 works for
$178,772
International Art Centre
Sold 47 works for
$106,078
Webb's
Sold 29 works for
$102,829

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.

Rudolf (Rudi) Gopas 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 162
  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 97
  • 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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