Colin John McCahon (1919-87) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1919, Colin McCahon studied at the Dunedin School of Arts. Along with Rita Angus and Toss Woollaston he has been credited with pioneering the modern movement in New Zealand painting. McCahon married the artist Anne Hamblett, and they lived on the South Island until 1953 when McCahon was appointed keeper of the Auckland City Art Gallery. In 1964 he became lecturer at the Auckland University School of Fine Arts. McCahon exhibited widely from 1947 and his work is represented in galleries throughout New Zealand and overseas. He died in 1987. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

The Canoe Tainui
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The Canoe Tainui
Synthetic polymer paint on eight panels, 60.3 x 60.3 cm: each panel; 120.6 x 241.2 cm: installation
The Tim & Sherrah Francis Collection, Day 1, Art+Object, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings218206A$1,537,711 A$169,580
Works on Paper241208A$323,322 A$46,668
Prints & Graphics149108A$31,690 A$4,380
Photographs11A$7,404 N/A
Objects76A$52,155 N/A

* Calculated on sales over the last three years, where there are a sufficient number of sales over that period.

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