Works in the database
Works with images
Works with multiple sales

Forthcoming Sales

Maho, 1979
Genealogy III, 1971. printed 2020
Tiki II, 1966. printed 2022

Past Sales

Arahura, 1982
Kura, 1982
Transparency IV, 1990

Sales by Medium

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Works on Paper
Sold 145 works for
Prints & Graphics
Sold 358 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Gordon Walters

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Dunbar Sloane
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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).

Gordon Walters 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 174
  • 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.

Artists' Resale Royalty

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…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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