Jenny Nicholls reviews The Architect and the Artists


‘For mid-century modern buffs, and lovers of New Zealand art and architecture.
A superbly designed and illustrated volume showcasing, among other things, a little-known aspect of the painter Colin McCahon’s work – the stained-glass windows he designed for the architect James Hackshaw – who also often worked with another great New Zealand artist, the sculptor Paul Dibble. “My part in telling this story,” writes author Bridget Hackshaw (James’ daughter), “began in 1999, the year my father died. I took notes while he described in some detail the work he undertook with McCahon and Dibble across their 14 years of collaboration. It turned out to be very exciting finding the buildings and artworks…”

This is another beautifully produced volume from Massey University Press, stuffed with previously unseen interviews, artworks, plans and interiors, made between 1965 and 1979 by three leading figures in the New Zealand arts world.’

Jenny Nicholls, Waiheke Weekender