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Max Gimblett: Original Mind

Max Gimblett: Original Mind

Australia,United States | 2017 | 50 min | English | Rhys Mitchell

Max Gimblett: Original Mind documents the life and process of the eccentric creative genius, Max Gimblett. One of New Zealand’s most successful and internationally prominent living painters, he has been working in America since 1962. He took refuge in the precepts of Buddhism and is an avowed Rensai Zen Priest. He is known for creating quatrefoil-shaped paintings and Sumi Ink ‘enso’ works.

Gimblett has become famous for his ‘all mind-no mind’ approach to painting. “We’re going to turn off our mind, and proceed with gesture; work with our body faster than our mind can follow.”

He has developed a reputation for shouting and stomping whilst painting in an attempt to be completely spontaneous and as an expression of the immediacy of Zen Buddhism.Gimblett’s work is in the collections of many of the world’s leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki.

Screening with Loading Docs: The Colourist

*Director Rhys Mitchell will attend the Festival in Wellington & Auckland. A Q&A will follow the screenings.

  • Wellington |
    The Roxy

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    Q Theatre

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  • International Premiere