Artwork Description / Detail
Goldie’s career began in earnest in 1900, the year in which he first presented a range of portraits – Pakeha and Māori – at the Auckland Society of Arts. He was appointed to the Auckland Art Gallery advisory board established in 1900, and served on the committee of the Auckland Society of Arts from 1901 to 1904. These were the years in which Goldie chose to concentrate on depicting elderly Māori with moko, the “noble relics of a noble race”. Immaculately rendered on canvases, which he prepared with a textured ground, the paintings were presented in distinctive kauri frames produced exclusively for Goldie by Auckland framer and art dealer John Leech. Photographs of early twentieth century exhibitions show how these emphatic frames guaranteed central positions for Goldie’s works.