Laurence Aberhart (1949-.) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Laurence Aberhart is a documentarian and investigator of New Zealand's collective unconscious. From his expansive panoramic views of the landscape to the pokey interiors and bland exteriors of New Zealand, Aberhart has captured a sense of this country's heartland. Nostalgia is a word that becomes unavoidable, with scenes where lights glow quietly, soft, misty horizons swell and monuments point heroically, tragically to the temporality of the landscape and the people with their customs, loves and losses of yesteryear. There is something funereal about much of his imagery, featuring churches, monuments gravestones, taxidermy and tags bourne of the desire to mark and name things for posterity. Portraits do feature in Aberhart's oeuvre, often with faces concealed or blurred in the throes of some form of activity. It is largely people's absence, however, which sets his photography so much in the realm of meditation, memory and theatrical romanticism. For there is an undeniable sense of the romantic sublime wherever such tumultuous, stretching skies are concerned, wherever the transience of life is presented. To many, this is our Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud, middle earth, middle class, the bottom of the world, but not for long Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Highest Price:
Ten 10 inch x 8 inch gold toned contact prints mounted in a limited edition artist's book 2/10, 25 x 20 cm each
Contemporary/Modern Photography, Mossgreen-Webb's (formerly Webb's), Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Prints & Graphics1010A$26,345 A$2,683
Photographs111105A$10,800 A$3,225

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