Creative visual thinking is fundamental to us all as human beings as we strive to understand our sense of self and the world. Chartwell seeks to deepen understanding about the importance of art and creative thinking for our future and our wellbeing.
Chartwell is an explorer of the visual world. We want to know more about how and what we see. When both the eye and the mind are active, the creative process opens to the artist and viewer. The Chartwell Collection provides the viewer many examples of creative visual thought in action.
Chartwell supports artists as they make and think. Making is an active and connected process, involving the interaction of intention, intuition and intellect with the mediums of the world. Chartwell is making too - making a difference through philanthropy and enabling access to creative activities and research.
Chartwell encourages everyone to think about art and the creative process with a commitment to drive an understanding about the significance of the visual arts to general creative thinking. We share a curiosity to know and learn more: an imaginative, ongoing investigation.
May His Light Shine (Tau Cross) by Colin McCahon (1978-1979), Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1980
The recently published book, McCahon Country, by Justin Paton, Penguin Books, Auckland Art Gallery, 2019, features a number of McCahon’s works from the Chartwell Collection.
In the book, curator and writer Justin Paton discusses the Chartwell work, May His light shine (Tau Cross). Known as a ‘kumera god’ painting, the 1978-9 work, Paton describes this work as having the jubilant energy of gospel song. In fact, Paton refers to McCahon’s own writing when he commented to a friend about the painting - “It glows like a Tintoretto.”
More writing on McCahon’s work can be found on the website McCahon 100, in which a wide range of writers have been commissioned to make commentary on McCahon’s work from a contemporary perspective.