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Don Driver Investment Artist

Born 1930

Don Driver is one of a generation of artists who emerged in the 1960's to lead a breakthrough in the standing of contemporary art in New Zealand. Throughout his career he has been interested in sculpture and the dimensional effects of wall-based reliefs. He has a genius for assemblage, creating the most felicitous associations from the most unlikely materials. His early reliefs were very clean and clinical, featuring coloured bands of plastic or painted canvas.

In the 1970's he began using found objects collected from rubbish tips, garage sales, op shops and factories. Analytical cubism has been an underlying discipline in much of his work.

Driver lives in New Plymouth and was the subject of a large retrospective exhibition that toured New Zealand in 1999.

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