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Binney. Don

Donald Hall BinneyOBE (24 March 1940 – 14 September 2012), was a New Zealand painter, best known for his paintings of birds.

Born and raised in Auckland, Binney was educated in Parnell, Auckland, taking classes with John Weeks and R B Sibson, who became his good friend and guide to the field of ornithology. From 1958 to 1961, he studied at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts. Binney’s tutors included Ida Eisa, James Turkington, Robert Ellis and Robin Wood. In 1963, he held his first solo exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Auckland and began teaching at Mount Roskill Grammar School, where he taught until 1966.

In birdwatching, Binney said he discovered a passage into the landscape and the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with it.

Binney described himself as a figurative painter concerned with the psychic metaphor of the environment.[4] Working in oilacryliccharcoalink and carbon pencil, many of his works depict the west coast of Auckland andNorthland, containing sea, sky, native birdsstill life and occasionally, figures.

He was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the 1995 Queen's Birthday Honours. Binney died of a heart attack while in hospital in Auckland for an unrelated illness on 14 September 2012, at the age of 72, and was survived by his wife Philippa and daughter Mary.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

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