45. Rudi Gopas
Old Wharf, Kaikoura
Egg tempera on board
72 x 91 cm
Signed & dated 1962
est. $8,000 - 12,000
Fetched $8,500
Relative Size: Old Wharf, Kaikoura
Relative size

Boats and harbours were a constant feature of Rudolf Gopas's work, perhaps because the coastal landscapes of Kaikoura and Lyttelton Harbour were not unlike the Baltic coast and its fishing fleets, which he had known in his homeland.

Gopas trained in Lithuania where he was influenced by German expressionism, a style that exaggerated and distorted line and colour to create an expressive effect. Gopas's interest in abstraction is also evident in this work.

Born in Lithuania, from 1945-49 Gopas and his wife, Natasha, lived in a refugee camp in Ehrwald, Austria, before coming to New Zealand. As well as painting, Gopas worked as a photo processor in Dunedin and Christchurch, where he began exhibiting with The Group. From 1959-77 he lectured in painting at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, exerting a considerable influence on a generation of painters.