An impressive 17 3/4" by 31 1/2" painting titled "Mount Cook Tasman Valley" (24 3/4" by 38 3/4" as framed), signed at lower right by the noted New Zealand landscape painter ASTON GREATHEAD (1921-2012). This South Island landscape is part of an impressive body of work the artist produced beginning roughly in the mid 1960's. Born in Napier on the North Island, Greathead showed early talent. Self-taught, he entertained his fellow soldiers with sketches while in European war theaters in World War II. Upon returning home he worked in a sign painting business in Christchurch, but when the stress of the business mounted, he began to paint landscapes. By the mid 1960's he achieved increasing national recognition. His paintings almost always feature landscapes of the dramatic topography of South Island. This is an excellent example of one of the more popular subjects, the dramatic glaciated Mount Cook region. Mount Cook, at 12,218 feet, is the highest peak in New Zealand. Named Aoraki in Maori, the mountain has spiritual significance. Condition is excellent. A Tauranga (North Island) gallery label remains on the backing, providing the title and other information.
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