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Tony de Lautour

Tony de Lautour graduated with a BFA from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1988 and in 1995 he won the Visa Gold Art Award. The paintings for his first solo exhibition, 'Bad White Art' in 1994, were deliberately naive and included imagery reminiscent of the seedy side of prison and gang life. The quirkiness and dark humour evident in these early paintings became characteristic of much of his subsequent work. De Lautour later used kitsch images of a kiwi and a lion to symbolise the debate over colonisation and republicanism. In the early 2000's he appropriated logos of prominent corporations for his paintings, perhaps to demonstrate the colonisation of New Zealand by big business.

De Lautour’s solo exhibitions have been hosted by the Brooke Gifford in Christchurch; Te Manawa in Palmerston North, The Waikato Museum of Art and History in Hamilton, and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. His work is well-represented in important New Zealand collections.  Recent solo exhibitions include: Block Out The Sun, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Remix, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin.

De Lautour has been unable to live in his Christchurch inner city apartment  since the earthquake of February 2011. His recent painting Untitled (see gallery) is a direct response to the damage he witnessed in the city after the first earthquake on 4 September 2010.