Born in Wellington in 1919, Gordon Walters studied at the Wellington Technical College School of Art while employed as a commercial artist. He began exhibiting with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in 1939. In 1947 he travelled to Australia to study, later moving to England and Europe where he studied Mondrian and Klee and the reliefs of Arp. He returned to New Zealand in 1954, working as an artist with the Government Printing Office in Wellington. He didn't begin exhibiting his paintings again until 1966 in Auckland.
Gordon Walters is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1988 of 767, of which 585 (76%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $728,694 for Koru sold by Art+Object in December 2021. This year 76 works have been offered for sale. Works by Gordon Walters are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further five major public national galleries (see list below).
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
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