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Staircase Night Triptych

ArtistPhilip Clairmont
Production Date1978
Mediumacrylic and oil on jute
Size1775 x 2820 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsabstraction, triptychs, stairs, interior views, lights, expression
Accession DateJan 1987
Accession NoC1994/1/197.1-3
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987


‘A triptych is a very challenging format.’ Philip Clairmont Clairmont combines three perspectives, and gazes upwards and downwards. The dizzying views suggest that the space itself is experiencing a continuous vertigo. These stairs are thrilling and scary at the same moment. Danger and delight are ever present – like an especially thrilling movie. Exposed light bulbs highlight the jagged blackened reds, scorched yellows and the midnight-blues. Clairmont’s use of dry, fractured colour further communicates a mood of exalted delight. This staircase possesses an authentic drama, as if a real physical entity is about to be encountered. (Self and Other, 2003)

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Self and Other
19 December 2003 - 17 October 2004
Curated by Ron Brownson