Good as Goldie
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 685mm high x 591mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 international.
Original painting - Sold, oil on canvas, 1300 x 1300 mm, 2012
Paying homage to C.F. Goldie and to his most notorious forger Karl Sim, Minson has modelled this work after Goldie’s “All e same te Pakeha” from 1905, which is also known as "A Good Joke".
In the original, Goldie breaks from his melancholic tone and depicts a laughing Hami Te Piripi wearing a bowler hat and a European suit. In Minson’s “Good As Goldie”, Sims, who was arrested for art forgery in the 1980s and who later legally changed his name to C.F. Goldie, takes centre stage donning his bowler hat and cheeky grin.
Minson went to meet with “Goldie”, as he likes to be called, in April 2012 to learn more about his story and have a sitting with him for this portrait. He sat back in his lazy boy chair after returning from a busy morning of TVNZ breakfast show interviews and proceeded to relay much of the mischief he got up to in his early days with the catchphrase “bloody beautiful” cropping up often. Minson found his charm and vitality a delight and learned that he was ranked as one of the top ten art forgers in the world in an international magazine. “Bloody beautiful!”
Since Lindauer and Goldie in the 19th century, there has been a surprising lack in the tradition of Maori oil portraiture. Although Karl Sim is not of Maori decent, Minson considers this work to be part of her series of contemporary Maori portraits because of his role in the evolution of Maori art and culture as well as the fact that he grew up in a predominantly Maori community and has had close ties with Maori ever since.
In 2003 Sim wrote an autobiographical book called "Good as Goldie", which is where the title of this painting came from.
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