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Alan Gilderdale painted consistently for over sixty years and, when he died in 2013, left a substantial body of work behind him. He had exhibited regularly, particularly during the 1980’s, but the success of his illustrations for the bestselling Little Yellow Digger books has tended to eclipse his reputation as a painter. The aim of this website, is to rectify the balance, and to make the work of this highly trained and versatile Anglo/New Zealand artist more readily available.

Although Gilderdale’s early work fits into a broadly modernist framework, his mature oevre resists easy classification, and was never painted with a specific meaning in mind. Rather he expected it to resonate with the viewer. Those who live with his works find that they reinvent themselves with each viewing.

We hope you enjoy exploring this unique body of work. Over time, more images will be added to the galleries on this site so that it eventually represents the full range of Gilderdale’s art. Currently well over a hundred of his paintings and prints are shown in those galleries, but drawings and sculpture are yet to come.

Self Portrait

1949, oil on canvas