Art works in oils on canvas by Gillian Lander, a contemporary New Zealand painter, resident on the North Shore, Auckland.
Musician/musicologist as well as painter, Gillian Lander paints mainly abstracted landscape, often with an underlying political, literary (T S Eliot and Allen Curnow), contemplative or religious reference. She does not produce trendy art. Fashion is of no consequence, and is not seeking to be politically correct.
Her work can contain many layers of paint, impasto, and glazing. Palette knife, bare hands, rag and brushes are all tools in applying paint. Text, if it is used, is often obscured so the work does not become just a billboard or poster. Paintings can take years to complete - or be passable - so the total oeuvre is not great. In fact, some paintings are revised and reworked after several years, or can become the grisailled ground for another painting.
She is largely self-taught, though she did study Art History in her undergraduate years, and two years Art electives at Auckland Teachers' College in 1960s, and did summer courses at Auckland Society of Arts becoming an Associate member. Having a musical profession as well has meant a sporadic pattern of work. The early 1980s saw a return to painting, and again in the mid 1990s until 2005 when surgery interrupted her activity. This was followed by post-graduate study. [BMus Hons in Medieval musicology] Now in 2014 -18 there is another return to work.
These pages include works now held in several private collections as well as works held by the artist. Selected works are for sale via the artist, or you will be directed to a gallery.