Colin Gibbs

About Colin Gibbs

Colin was born in Whanganui. He spent his childhood in the shadows of the Parapara Hills, and alongside the Whanganui River.

His more recent work explores biculturalism, relationships with our land, and social commentary. Colin destroyed almost all of his early works – only one of these survives, in the collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui.

Let it be to a lofty mountain: The evolvement of Ortho-Bionomy in Aotearoa – a personal expression (2019)

In Aotearoa, many of us feel an intimate and dynamic connection to our land—te whenua. It provides us the security and resonance of beingness. Our earthly lives begin and end in te whenua, but te whenua continues to evolve. These paintings have been gifted, with aroha, to Ortho-Bionomists at a Residential in April 2019 at Tauhara Retreat, Taupō. As you view them, I invite you to contem...

Return to Song of the Years: Paintings on Baxter’s poem 2018-2019

In 1970, at the age of 20, Colin held his first exhibition, Ourtimes, in the Whanganui Sarjeant Gallery. The themes of this exhibition confronted land issues as well as Colin's stance as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam war. The Whanganui Sarjeant Gallery holds a painting from this exhibition. Some months after his exhibition in the Sarjeant Gallery, Colin smashed all his paintings. D...

Scottish Highlands 2017

In May 2017 we travelled to the west coast of Scotland along the Road to the Isles, Rathad nan Eilean. Our initial destination was Arisaig (Scottish Gaelic: Àrasaig) and thence to Back of Keppoch (Cùl na Ceapaich). We lived for three weeks at Kinneddar Lodges at Back of Keppoch, where Colin painted and Catherine assisted our hosts, Tim and Mary Stanning, with maintenance work on the lodges ...

landMARK 2015

These paintings were inspired by a landmark in the middle of a field on the Isle of Kerrera, off the coast of mainland Scotland. Etched into a stone formation was an image of a cross. There was no other inscription. Maybe it was a natural geological occurrence—not something fashioned by hand for some ceremonial, navigational or other purpose. People shared stories of this landmark, yet it r...

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