String 2015 by Roberta Thornley, $5500. Roberta Thornley’s photographs explore the sensuous beauty and vulnerability of youth, the delicate play of light on surfaces, and the cycle of growth and decay. Archival pigment ink photograph on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. Edition: 5, 1000 x 670mm. Tim Melville Gallery, 4 Winchester St, Grey Lynn.
Puni Bowl … Blue by Evelyn Dunstan, $4600. Cast-glass artist Evelyn Dunstan creates intricate designs, often vessels, crowns and chalices that reference the flora of native plants contrasted with introduced species. Lead crystal glass, 210mm high. Orexart, Level 1/15 Putiki St, Arch Hill, Grey Lynn.
Dansey’s Pass 2017 by Michael Hight. $18,500. Michael Hight is a masterful painter of New Zealand landscapes, with the manipulation of light and shadow imbuing these works with hyper-realistic and mesmeric qualities. Dansey’s Pass is exhibited as part of his solo exhibition at Gow Langsford Gallery until April 29. Oil on linen, 760 x 1520mm. Gow Langsford Gallery, 26 Lorne St, Auckland City.
Kete by Anna Gedson, $1250. A descendant of Ngati Rua — Whakatohea, Anna Gedson is a sculptural artist strongly influenced by her Maori heritage whose practice honours traditional Maori arts, whether through the use of flax and feathers, or contemporary mediums such as aluminium and copper. Handwoven aluminium and copper kete with hand cut copper leaves, 400 x 400mm. Monterey Art Gallery, 5 Cook St, Howick.
Last Flight of the Kokako 1979, by Don Binney. Estimate $300,000- $500,000. This is a rare opportunity to snap up a work by one of New Zealand’s best-known and most respected artists. Don Binney was best known for his bird paintings and Last Flight of the Kokako, created to raise funds for an environmental group, depicts the endangered kokako in tumbling flight. The forestry workers present are a reference to the threat to its environment, but the size of the kokako makes it clear who will win this particular battle in the Central North Island’s Pureora Forest Park. Oil on board, 2110 x 910mm. Mossgreen Webb’s, 23-25 Falcon St, Parnell.
Golden Chain by Rozi Demant.$6950 (detail). Rozi Demant’s portraits are of pensive and wistful figures, and the hummingbird featured in Golden Chain is one of the endearing props she often uses in her imagery. Acrylic on canvas,50 x 40cm. Warwick Henderson Gallery, 255 Broadway, Newmarket.