Intuitive Artist: Max Gimblett at Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington with his signature quartrefoil stretched canvases. Image: Chris Skelton, Fairfax NZ.
Max Gimblett's highly successful career as an artist was in limbo for 20 years while a butterfly waited for wings. He tells the story to Diana Dekker.
Somewhere, probably, there is a tall Maori man aged around 77 who is oblivious to the the fact he gave Max Gimblett artist's block for 20 years.
New York-based Gimblett is, at 77, one of most successful New Zealand-born artists. His clear, bright, immediate, signature quartrefoils currently sing from the walls of Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington.
He is the only New Zealand artist to have exhibited at New York's Guggenheim Museum, in the 2009 exhibition American Art and the East.
There his work hung beside that of Georgia O'Keefe, James McNeill Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg and illustrious others.