Tony de Lautour

Version 2
800 x 1200 mm
oil and acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony,
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Estimate: NZD 18,000 — 22,000

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Tony de Lautour is perpetually skirmishing with the culture at large, dredging aspects and symbols from the cultural midden. Punctuating his canvases, these subjects serve as wayfinders for those in need of a little guidance into the cacophony of signs in the 21st century.

Works such as Version 2 (2021) speak to a multiplicity of inputs and source material. De Lautour’s approach has been described as ‘low-brow meets high-art’ – this means nothing is off limits – in this work we can read Lego manuals, shipping signals, cuisenaire rods and mapping keys… or the blizzard of quotidiana that haunts the streetscape for those that (at the moment that’s a bonus) can get out and drive from point a to b.

When the Dust Settles takes place at a time when much of what we took for granted in terms of freedom of movement is either on hold or perhaps forever in the past. Version 2 enables a road trip of the mind.

Artist Biography & History
with Artspace Aotearoa:


The 1st Auckland Triennial: Bright Paradise, 3 March — 29 April 2001, curated by Allan Smith. A joint project with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the University of Auckland.


An exhibition catalogue titled Bright Paradise: Exotic History and Sublime Artifice was produced on the occasion of the 1st Auckland Triennial in partnership with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the University of Auckland. It was co-edited by Robert Leonard and curator Allan Smith, and featured essays by Smith, Peter Brunt, Gregory Burke, Nigel Clark, Leigh Davis, Annie Goldson, Giovanni Intra, Tom Ryan, Jane Sayle, Caroline Vercoe and Ian Wedde.

Tony de Lautour


Tony de Lautour was born in Melbourne in 1965, and arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1967. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury with a BFA in 1988, majoring in sculpture. He held his first solo show in 1991, and won the Visa Gold Art Award in 1995.

Over the past two decades, de Lautour has exhibited widely throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, and regularly in Australia. Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown at City Gallery Wellington, Te Manawa, Waikato Museum of Art and History, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. His work has been included in many significant curated exhibitions in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian public galleries, including Close Quarters (1995), Hangover (1995—6), Now Showing (1996—7), Bright Paradise: First Auckland Triennial (2000); and Prospect 2001: New Art New Zealand (2001). His works have been acquired for major public and private collections, including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; National Gallery of Australia; Chartwell Collection; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery; National Library of New Zealand; Sarjeant Art Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui; and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.