Mixed media on board
Colin Gibbs was born in Whanganui. He spent his childhood in the shadows of the Parapara, and alongside the Whanganui River. Colin specialised in art at Palmerston North Teachers College from 1968-1969 under the tuition of Frank Davis and Ray Thorburn. He has worked as an art teacher, primary teacher and university professor.
During earlier years Colin completed paintings that presented social and political messages—appropriate in times when issues such as Māori land claims were surfacing and New Zealand became involved in the Vietnam War. His more recent work explores biculturalism, relationships with our land, and social commentary.
From late 1970 to 1998 Colin completed only one painting. He destroyed almost all his early works – only one of these survives, in the collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui.