A celebrated Australian artist’s effervescently colourful work comes to Britomart.

This month’s Project Space exhibition in our street-side gallery is hosting the work of a very special international visitor. Dale Frank is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, with an almost four-decade-long body of work that is exuberant, experimental and engaging, rich in colour, texture and ambiguity. Seven of his large-scale works are being shown at the Auckland Art Fair and subsequently at Gow Langsford Gallery, and we are lucky enough to have another three showing at Britomart Project Space on Customs St East until mid-June.

The three Dale Frank works in our gallery are new pieces from the last two years, and showcase the artist’s move to working on Perspex as a canvas. As in Frank’s other works, the titles are mysterious little stories in themselves, snippets from the artist’s life or imagination – When they lived in South Africa they had a black kitchen maid they called Elspeth, 2017, She did not know her father was not her real father but her brother, 2017 and She was always able to fool herself, 2018.    

Frank’s beautiful works appear in public and private collections around the world including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Kunsthaus, Zurich and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. If you’re a serious fan of modern abstracts, the Auckland Art Fair could be your chance to add one of his pieces to your own collection.

If you’re in the mood for even more art, check out the long-term installations around the Britomart precinct here.