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This week, we’re at home with Marcia Page, director of Page Galleries, Wellington. Photos: Ryan McCauley.
Marcia sits in front a work by Frances Hodgkins, titled Children at the Cinema.
“I bought this work about ten years ago. I have always admired Frances Hodgkins and love the way she has captured the flickering indistinct light and the intense concentration on the faces of the children.”
Marcia sits below a cluster of works that are meaningful to the collector, sharing a cuddle with Percy the cat.
Clockwise from bottom left: Evelyn Page’s portrait Frederick Page at the piano
“It’s rather a long story as to how this work came to me … But it is a painting of my late father-in-law, painted by my late mother-in-law. As Frederick Page was the founding professor of the music school at Victoria University of Wellington, the work has been bequeathed to the VUW collection.”
Untitled by Max Gimblett (represented by Page Galleries) brings a contemporary edge.
“This work was gifted to me by Max Gimblett who I have represented since 2007. These ink works have an energy about them that recalls a particularly exciting time in New York City and in the history of Abstract Expressionism. And now also for me personally it also recalls my frequent visits to Max’s NYC studio, fond memories that are of course now tinged with a certain amount of nostalgia.”
Derek Cowie’s Milk Jug hangs top right (Cowie is also represented by Page Galleries).
“I started showing Derek Cowie’s work just after he returned from the UK in 2015. This is part of Derek’s series Destruction of National Treasures, and I really relate to this work as it’s a unique combination of being both disarmingly traditional in its form and starkly contemporary in its content, which addresses the degradation of our natural environment and the consequences for future generations.”