In the two series that it ran I interviewed and painted some of New Zealand’s most well known citizens. From super Mayor’s, All Black coach, musicians, actors, politicians & fellow artists, SMW engages each sitter in a light and comfortable setting, yet able to extract heartfelt and deeply personal stories from each sitter.
At the end of each show the sitter has their portrait revealed in a unedited fashion as to capture the true response on seeing themselves in the painted form. At the end of each series all works were auctioned off for Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland raising over 130,000.00.
Following this all works plus another 20 selected private works were shown at the opening of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. And over the six weeks that the show was on, over 16000 people saw the exhibition, Not bad for a milkman who taught himself to paint.
The Sitting is a series of short ‘portrait’ shows celebrating well known New Zealanders and revealing little known facts about these people we think we know so well. A famous New Zealander from the world of the arts or the media is invited to The Sitting.