If you asked me to trace the genesis of this collection, this is how the story would go.
I returned to Berlin for the summer of 2017. Being in the habit of splitting my practice between Dunedin and Europe for the last decade (mostly Berlin, Switzerland also, with some Norway), this trip was markedly shorter with only 6 weeks instead of the usual 4 to 5 months. Part of this trip was with two old friends and fellow artists Pete Wheeler (my man in Berlin) and Michael Greaves (Otago School of Art).
First up we caught the ‘Old World’ train over to Prague to check on fellow painter Greg Lewis. Following Prague, we were on to Kassel in Germany for Documenta, an International art fair that takes place every 5 years.
A couple of days later we were back in Berlin for Michael’s exhibition opening, of which we made quite the event and where I purchased one of his small canvases (fig 2.) that now hangs at home.
Whilst back in Berlin and feeling like more of a tourist with this shorter trip, I cycled deeper into West Berlin and up to Teufelsberg.