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Screen print depicting cityscape of Auckland at night-time in blue, black, orange and yellow inks. The bright light's of the city are reflected in the dark-toned harbour. The Sky Tower stands prominently in the right of the image. The print is an artist's proof.
Accession No
PA2012.105

Mono print depicting a naked figure turned to look at the World Trade Center towers. The figure is scrutinising the buildings that, since the September 11, 2001 attacks, have been the catalyst for large scale world conflict.
Accession No
PA2012.107

Woodblock print in black ink on white paper. The print is approximately 1/3 of what was once a larger image. The 1/3 represented here depicts a television. A distoted close-up portrait of former United States President George W. Bush takes up the entire television screen. 'In the Houses of Shadow' relates to the September 11 "Terrorist Attacks" on the World Trade Center and ponders how much of the true story is being covered up.
Accession No
PA2012.106

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Screen print depicting a skeleton figure with a mushroom cloud emanating from its head. Inside the cloud the words "Le Speks", a reference to the French sunglasses brand Le Specs, are written. The figure is wearing a military uniform, a pair of sunglasses and has binoculars around its neck. The words "MURUROA TESTED AT 30 MILES" feature in a star shape on the right of the image. The screen print refers to French nuclear testing on Mururoa Atoll from 1966-1996, which resulted in 41 atmospheric tests, 137 underground tests and 15 'safety trials', leaving a legacy of nuclear contamination and environmental concerns.
Accession No
PA2012.115

Cartoon about 2XP radio station in New Plymouth. The cartoon features Howard Gough, manager of the Programming Department, trying to get three employees to catalogue the new records. Gough is wheeling in a wheelbarrow full of cards and outlines to his employees what he would like them to do. The three employees are lounging behind desks and are making dismissive comments.
Accession No
PA2012.119

Twelve episodes from Graham Kirk's comic strip "The Stone of Glotte". The comic strip centres around a magical rock known as the Glottestone and a cast of Kirk-invented characters including reporter Dick Sargeson and evil herbicide baron Jeremy Hodgekiss. "The Stone of Glotte" was the second storyline in Kirk's Dick Sargeson comic series. It ran in "The Listener" magazine for roughly 70 episodes in the mid 1980s. The pages document the first stage of Kirk's comic strip making process and consist of hand-drawn figures and text with some photocopied elements. The pages feature several icon Taranaki landmarks and locations including the White Hart Hotel and the Hawera Water Tower.
Accession No
PA2012.123

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Mixed media artwork focussing on the female body in the domestic sphere. On the left of the image a wall plug is rendered in thick paint and wax in shades of grey and earthy brown. The plug suggests interior space. On the right of the image, two female shapes - described by the artist as "insubstantial female toilet signs" - feature. Each one is fragmented, partly represented on a separate piece of paper and partly drawn directly onto the paper support. This creates a play between two and three dimensional space and gives a sense that their bodies are damaged. Both female shapes also feature a partial target over their bodies. The paper fragments associated wth the female signs are dyed pink and purple. The small circles, crosses and arrows drawn in black between the two figures refer to archaeological signs and symbols. Numerous charcoal lines are drawn around the figures and around the subject matter in general, further emphasising the sense of interior space. A truncated paint border is also present on the right of the image. The artwork explores the idea of women being reduced to signs or symbols and gender stereotyping in South African society.
Accession No
PA2012.121

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Mixed media artwork focussing on the female body and its containment within the domestic sphere. The artwork features three female shapes - described by the artist as "insubstantial female toilet signs" - that are rendered in shades of pink, blue, green and red. Each one is painted on a separate piece of paper that is adhered to the paper support. This creates a play between two and three dimensional space. Two of the female shapes also feature a partial target over their bodies. Each female figure is contained within the confines of a box or delineated space. Numerous charcoal lines are drawn around the figures and around the subject matter in general, further emphasising the sense of interior space. Near the centre of the image a bright yellow cut-out sun, textured with paint and wax, floats within a box and partially covers a cloud. Coils of barbed wire, drawn in charcoal, sweep across the bottom half of the artwork. Page fragments from a South African phone book are adhered bottom left of the artwork. They have been painted black and represent bricks. Painted areas of the artwork are heavily textured. "Partly Cloudy" explores sexism and gender stereotyping in South Africa's patriarchal society.
Accession No
PA2012.122

Cartoon about a newly appointed Programme Officer called Mike at 2XP radio station in New Plymouth. It features five frames and focusses on Mike's interactions with various other 2XP staff. The cartoon is drawn on the back of an auto-cue programme dating from June 1967.
Accession No
PA2012.126

Unfinished cartoon started on Graham Kirk's way back from the United Kingdom in 1970. It features five frames that focuses on a character - possibly the artist - returning from travelling, including arriving home aboard a ship and catching a train. Text
Accession No
PA2012.127

Episodes 5, 6, 10, 21, 27, 32, 37, 38, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 58, 59 and 63 of Graham Kirk's comic strip "Dioxin Man". "Dioxin Man" was the first storyline in Kirk's "Dick Sargeson" comic series. It follows the story of Dick Sargeson, a former intrepid photographer, now semi-retired and working for the Daily Mail in New Plymouth. In "Dioxin Man" Sargeson gets caught up in adventures investigating Dioxin Man, a character that was born out of a chemical spill at Hodgekiss Chemicals, a company headed by evil herbicide baron Jeremy Hodgekiss.
"Dioxin Man" features many recognisable Taranaki people who used to model for Kirk's characters. Figures include artist Wayne Morris who 'plays' Bruce Bildgepipe (the man transformed into Dioxin Man). The comic also features New Plymouth landmarks such as Back Beach, the Port and the Sugar Loaf Islands.
The "Dioxin Man" storyline was inspired by an actual chemical spill at Ivon Watkins-Dow, New Plymouth. "Dioxin Man" ran for roughly 70 episodes in the "The Listener" magazine in the mid 1980s.
Accession No
PA2012.128

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View of a domestic space, possibly the artist's living room, showing a fire place, two chairs, a wood box and washing strung up on a line above the fire. Rendered in black ink and watercolour paint, including shades of blue, brown, yellow, red and grey.
Accession No
PA2012.129

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Wash sketch of Graham Kirk's wife reading on the couch and their dog Wiki sitting in the window.
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PA2012.133

Inkjet print of original Graham Kirk painting "Halley's Comet Over Hawera". It shows a view of High Street, Hawera during an appearance of Halley's Comet. The comet is depicted as a glowing white orb with a tail of vivid reds and oranges against a starry night sky. The streetscape below is largely deserted except for one lone figure and a parked car. The metal railings of a bike stand and a bed of orange flowers run along the print's foreground. There is a bicycle in the bike stand.
Accession No
PA2012.136

Inkjet print of original Graham Kirk painting "Xena Over Back Beach". It shows the fictional television character Xena from the fantasy adventure series "Xena: Warrior Princess" riding a horse on the hill above New Plymouth's Back Beach. The Xena character was played by New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless. The Sugar Loaf Islands are visible off the coast. The original painting is part of Kirk's "Superheroes in New Zealand" paintings series.
Accession No
PA2012.139

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Inkjet print of original Graham Kirk painting "Road to Manaia". It imagines Molly Macalister's monumental bronze sculpture "Maori Warrior" (1964-1966) transported from its usual location in Queen Elizabeth II Square, Auckland to a rural Taranaki roadside. Dark clouds loom ominously in the distance, indicating the coming of a storm.
Accession No
PA2012.140

Inkjet print of original Graham Kirk painting titled "Batman and Robin at Pukekura Park". The busts of Batman and Robin, dressed in costume, are pictured lower left. They appear to be looking at a computer screen. Behind them is a view of Pukekura Park from the Boating Lake, looking towards Poet's Bridge and Mount Taranaki in the background. Lush green vegetation rings the Lake. A duck is visible on the water lower right and another is visible immediately behind Batman.
Accession No
PA2012.141

Inkjet print of original Graham Kirk painting "Supergirl and Mount Taranaki". It depicts Supergirl, the female counterpart to Superman, crouched in a lush green landscape with Mount Taranaki in the background.
Accession No
PA2012.142

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Self portrait of Peter Lambert wearing a green t-shirt.
Accession No
A64.641

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Line of pines in a landscape, presumably at sunrise or sunset. Rendered predominantly in greens, yellow, orange and black.
Accession No
A65.597

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View of two tall trees with grass and wild flowers in the foreground. The tops of several other trees are visible in the background. Rendered predominantly in greens, blues, yellow and red.
Accession No
A65.611

Red and yellow flowers in a garden at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth. Several large trees and the roof of a building are visible in the background. Rendered predominantly in greens, red, yellow, black and purple.
Accession No
A64.613

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Seascape at sunset. Waves rolling towards the shore and clouds in the sky. Rendered predominantly in yellows, blue, purple, green and orange.
Accession No
A64.631

View of the Kaitake Ranges in the moonlight. Tall trees silhouetted against the sky on the left of the image and a power pole silhouetted on the right. Rendered predominantly in browns, blue anb black.
Accession No
A64.634

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View of the horizon and clouds in the sky at sunset from Ōākura Beach. Rendered predominantly in blues, reds, brown, yellow and orange.
Accession No
A64.620
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