Charles C. McPhee (1910-2002) Australia

Biographical Information

Charles C McPhee was born in Albany, Western Australia in 1910.

He taught himself to paint while a member of the police force in Apia, Western Samoa and is known for his colourful Pacific Island subjects.

After his first marriage ended McPhee moved to Tahiti, where he learned the difficult and painstaking technique of painting in oils on velvet from American expert Edgar Leeteg, and one of his mentor's models, Elizabeth, became his second wife.

She became his model for a series of Tahitian Girl, which he continued to paint for an eager public after the couple settled in New Zealand in 1951.

He was a member of the Royal Art Society of N.S.W., the Auckland Society of Arts. and the Fiji Arts Club.

His works. are widely represented in various private and institutional collections in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, U.S.A., Spain and South Africa.

McPhee died in Waitakere City New Zealand in 2002.

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Market Information

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Oil on velvet, 91 x 69 cm
Collectable Art, International Art Centre, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings9773A$3,338 A$1,665
Works on Paper10A$182 N/A

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