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Kaleidoscope - Grahame Sydney

Television (Full Length) – 1984

In this episode from long-running arts series Kaleidoscope, reporter Angela D’Audney visits the artist Grahame Sydney at his home — Mount Pisa Station near Cromwell — and discovers the slow and painstaking techniques he uses to produce his remarkable landscapes. Sydney explains how he chooses the subjects for his paintings and manipulates the Central Otago landscapes, to create the artworks for which he has achieved worldwide fame. Sydney also discusses the impact of family life upon him and his work.

An idea is a much better basis for a painting, [...] not a story to tell, we're not talking about narrative or illustration or anything like that. But there has to be more to it than just that easy fascination because the fascination just happens so often.
– Grahame Sydney