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Rich Thurston

My first art teacher was the late Wellington artist Rob Taylor, who made an enormous impression on me.

Taylor was an abstract expressionist, and produced large works, which are in a number of New Zealand collections. I have to credit him for encouraging me in becoming an artist. 

A trip to South America and Europe in 2009 and not so recently now, New York, enabled me to visit and absorb a number of influential collections.


However, one experience that proved exceptionally worthwhile was Mark Rothko’s retrospective exhibition of the Four Seasons restaurant murals held at London’s Tate Modern.

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