Art After Dark Toi o te Pō – John Reynolds 

Thursday 20 August 2009,  5.30pm–8.30pm
Meet at Cloud, in Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation, Level 5
Free entry

John Reynolds, standing in front of Cloud, in Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation

Join artist John Reynolds and Te Papa curator Charlotte Huddleston for a floortalk about John’s huge text-on-canvas painting Cloud. Followed by an expert panel discussion about New Zealand English, and a documentary about the artist.

Encounters with New Zealandese

Artist John Reynolds, editor and translator Piripi Walker, and Dianne Bardsley, the Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre, discuss their encounters with language.
Level 4 Espresso. 

Documentary screening: Questions for Mr Reynolds

Directed by Shirley Horrocks.
Soundings Theatre, Level 2.

Question and answer session with John Reynolds

Soundings Theatre, Level 2. 

About John Reynolds

John Reynolds lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.  Although he is primarily a painter his art often incorporates sculpture, installation, and site-specific outdoor works. In 2006 he exhibited in the Biennale of Sydney and was made a Laureate of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.


Read more about Cloud on the Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation website.

The documentary

Questions for Mr Reynolds is an intimate portrait of the artist John Reynolds. It follows him through an extraordinary year during which he creates his huge painting Cloud in Sydney, collaborates with architects to design a hotel in Auckland, and redesigns the iconic Swanndri. In that same year he also tattoos a friend, appears as a character in a popular cartoon series, does Samuel Beckett-style performances in a camouflage suit, and makes large-scale landscape works in Otago and Kaipara.

This documentary reveals how John develops his adventurous projects. It also tells the story of John's Diner, the Auckland cafe that John ran in the early 1980s, and explains how he started out as an artist.

Questions for Mr Reynolds screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2007.

This documentary is being screened at Te Papa courtesy of Point of View Productions.