The lively, persuasive and colourful life story of expatriate New Zealand painter Douglas MacDiarmid (now 96) of Paris, a bisexual man forced to leave his homeland as a young man to lead a free life dedicated to art. In France, he established an international reputation as an ‘expressionist’ painter, acclaimed particularly as a superb colourist and for the diversity, technique and intellectual rigour of his paintings, while largely being ignored in his homeland.
This is the tale of a chameleon character. Of a life richly and unconventionally led, from palaces to dustbins, past tragedy to fulfilment. It is a love story on many levels – to art, relationships, life, language – as well as an inspiration to anyone looking for the courage to follow their dreams.
Colours of a Life is a 470-page, full colour, hardback biography finely illustrated with 150 paintings and photographs.