John Reynolds is one of New Zealand's most significant and most admired contemporary artists. An Arts Laureate, his Cloud was last year a centrepiece of the Sydney Bienale, at which he was New Zealand's representative, a rare honour for a New Zealand painter. Certain Words Drawn brings together examples of his recent work and practice in a stunning book designed by Arch McDonnell of InHouse Design. Magnificently packaged, this book is a limited edition of 1500 copies only, each numbered and signed by the artist. Edited by University of Auckland professor Laurence Simmons, the book is generously laden with images and contains essays by interalia Frank Stark, Andrew Clifford, Tessa Laird, Nicholas Stevens, Dianne Bardsley, Ian Wedde Shirley and Roger Horrocks, and Leigh Davis.
John Reynolds is a major mid-career New Zealand artist who has recently represented New Zealand at the Sydney Biennale and was one of the 2006 Arts Foundation of New Zealand laureates. A documentary, Questions for Mr Reynolds, on his work, directed by Shirley Horrocks and funded by NZ on Air, premiered earlier this year at the Telecom International Film Festival and there has just been a subsequent showing of the documentary on TVNZ.