New Zealand, 1922–2000
Tidal Stream I 1982
oil on canvas, 760 x 623 mm
Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 1982. ACC: 633
Irvine Major created many artworks inspired by the coastline from Tōtaranui to Stephens Bay near Kaiteriteri, where the artist’s family had a bach. For a period, Major owned a bilge keeler called Seabird that he moored in Dummy Bay for the summer, and which was ideal for sailing up the coast and stopping at the golden sandy beaches.
In this semi-abstracted scene, Major has reduced the colour palette and areas of sand, stream, rocks and bush to their fundamental shades and forms. Although originally based on a specific location, this painting captures the essence of many a spot in the Abel Tasman National Park.