Staircase Night Triptych

Staircase Night Triptych

  • Artist

    Philip Clairmont

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    acrylic and oil on jute

  • Size

    1775 x 2820 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Jan 1987

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    abstraction, triptychs, stairs, interior views, lights, expression

  • Description

    ‘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)

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