ARTIS Gallery is proud to present a selection of Don Driver’s works specially chosen from his studio. Don Driver is one of New Zealand’s leading and most adept exponents of ‘modernism’.
Works from his Studio is an exhibition that covers thirty years of Driver’s career from 1977 to 2007. The collection includes wall hangings, sculptures and assemblages, with most of the selected works being exhibited for the first time.
Don Driver was born in 1930 in Hastings and lived and worked in New Plymouth from 1944 until the time of his death in December 2011. Driver’s work has received a variety of awards and grants and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in institutions such as the Auckland City Art Gallery, Govett-Brewster, Manawatu Art Gallery and Wellington City Art Gallery.
Throughout his career Driver pushed the boundaries of art in order to discover its unique ability to transform the apparently banal and everyday into something quite uniquely powerful. His experimentation and use of diverse and unconventional materials and objects has singled Driver out as one of the pioneers of modern New Zealand art.