6. On the Hill - naive abstract, fine art

6. On the Hill - naive abstract, fine art

6. On the Hill - naive abstract, fine art


On the Hill is a naive abstract piece inspired by Wanganui Cottages. 

Richard is very excited about this new style, it's a fresh take on naive art, combining the fire and bold vision of Richard's modern abstracts.

Oil on Canvas
20 by 30 inches


Wellington Artist Richard Ponder

With a career spanning nearly fifty years Wellington artist Richard Ponder has created several notable - and often imitated - art series, including, most famously, Wellington at Night. A well-respected artist, his discipline and eye for detail began back in the 1960’s as a geologist, when his thesis required the accurate drawing of hundreds of tiny creatures called foraminifera. In the late seventies, Richard’s brother Michael became interested in painting. Mike quickly picked up Richard’s knife painting technique and they challenged each other with new ideas and innovations, exchanging ideas and spurring one another on to become full time artists.

Richard’s love of roaming the New Zealand backcountry with his family led him to concentrate on landscape painting in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s. Already, with his emphasis on composition and the interaction of between colours in different lights, he was beginning to show his true potential. During this period, the images in his paintings were based on early morning observations, with the excitement of dawn with its variety of light and colour. The work from this era was published in the long since sold out, limited edition book, Quiet Places.

On the proceeds of his success Richard visited fine art galleries all around the world to gain a deeper understanding of the greats. He fell in love with the strength of Van Gogh (from Van Gogh Starry Night to Van Gogh Sunflowers), the impressions of Monet (including the famous Water Lilies Monet), the colour of Perceval, and the exhilaration of Pollock. Their influences can be found in his quiet paintings, but in the 1990’s he threw caution to the wind. The dramatic change in his art came about after a trip to Bali where he fell in love with the work of Affandi and Sumadiyasa.

Richard now works more freely, playing with the light and colour, so that his stunning art now takes centre stage wherever it is.

Richard’s art and books (still in print) can be purchased from this website, or from the Rona Gallery, 151 Muritai Road, a stunning Wellington art gallery in the heart of Eastbourne. For customers in Lower Hutt and Wellington, Richard offers a free hanging service. Helping many customers find the perfect painting.

Richard's art is also available from the Black Door Gallery, 251 Parnell Road Auckland.