Art at the Lodge

Posted by Website Admin on September 25, 2017

From local produce to local wine and now local art, enriching our guests’ luxury experience by celebrating the best of Marlborough, and New Zealand, in the most authentic way is a core feature of what we offer guests at The Marlborough Lodge.

The artworks that we choose to display throughout the lodge have a big part to play in this experience. Each exquisite piece has been carefully hand-picked to convey the story and history of our country, with the intention that our guests may learn more about this very special part of the world and reflect our inherent and unique creativity.

In our Great Room, enjoy Sofia Minson’s ‘Ranginui’ - the form of this portrait was inspired by  hundreds of black and white 19th and 20th century photographs of Maori and historical portraits by C.F. Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer. Sofia describes him as a Rangatira (Maori chief), and a positive symbol of the wisdom and evolution of the culture. He embraces past, present and future and is an exceptional element of her recent Sacred Mirrors series of works.

Beside Ranginui sits Nelson’s Sally Burton’s stunning depiction of the Wairau Bar on Marlborough’s east coast, representing the earliest Maori settlement in our region, overlaid with moa eggs in the shape of a welcome leis. 

 This truly is a story of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Sofia Minson’s ‘Ranginui’ & Sally Burton’s work based on the Wairau Bar

Or, take a seat by renowned New Zealand contemporary artist Karl Maughan’s fabulous garden scene with the Richmond Ranges depicted in the background.

Karl Maughan’s work is among the most readily identifiable in contemporary New Zealand art. He is recognised for his hyper-real paintings of lush gardens and native fauna - flower gardens, vegetable gardens, manicured bushes and out-of-control wildernesses - Maughan finds inspiration in them all.

He loves the narratives that viewers create for themselves as they enter his paintings. Viewers can fantasise walking along the garden paths, among the super bright flowers and sunlight dappled bushes. 

Come and imagine your own journey into Karl Maughan's garden whilst savouring delicious food and wine in our dining room.


Karl Maughan

Then move through to our casual dining area and meet our "Million Dollar Duck" by New Zealand artist Joanna Braithwaite. The tightrope between reality and the surreal is explored through Joanna's love of animals and her fascination with the human qualities of their personalities.

Joanna states that animals have been terrific subjects to paint, not only because she loves painting them – the colours, the textures, their characteristics – but also people’s relationship with animals, the balance of power, and people’s ability to compartmentalise these relationships with animals, fascinates her.

We love how he lords over the dining room and seeing people’s reaction to this painting.

Joanna Braithwaite

You will also find one of New Zealand's best known landscape photographers, Craig Potton featured on our walls:

Jetty Lake Mapourika – Craig Potton

Then there is this quintessential Kelvin McMillan Kiwi landscape. Although unusually for him this is an oil painting, it certainly showcases yet another area of New Zealand. Kelvin is more well-known for his watercolours and we have several of these in other areas of the lodge.

Kelvin McMillan

South Island artist Mark Rodgers’ realism style is shown here to great effect with this Central Otago landscape which he has become renowned for.

Mark Rodgers

 And Queenstown-based artist Graeme Brinsley's Milford Sound is also on display.

Graeme Brinsley

This is just a sample of the Marlborough Lodge’s large and eclectic art collection. So when you’re visiting, be sure to take the time to wander around the lodge’s many rooms and take in some of the very talented New Zealand artworks on show - of course with a glass of sauvignon blanc in hand. 

 

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Our entire stay was absolutely amazing. Our room was spacious and very comfortable with beautiful views of the vineyards. This property is exceptional in every way, the gardens breathtakingly beautiful. Breakfast and dinner were included as were drinks and canapés before dinner outside . Karen and staff were exceptional, nothing was too much trouble. The Lodge has bikes and we went for a pleasurable ride through the vineyards . A truly fabulous and memorable stay.

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Marlborough Lodge was the last luxury lodge we stayed in after 3 weeks (9 lodges) in the South Island. All experiences have been lovely but this place is just gorgeous. The staff were all so delightful, the food great and the building and grounds just stunning.

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My dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!

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