Otautau Gallery sold its biggest watercolour painting

Enormous watercolour of the Takitimu Mountains has left an Invercargill business with no option but to create a custom-made frame.

Cameo Picture Framers owner Murray Goodall said in his 38 years experience, the watercolour was the biggest piece he had framed. A mount large enough was unable to be sourced in New Zealand, Australia or the United States, so a frame would be custom built, Goodall said. "It's something to be treated with respect. It's not your average framing job."

The 2.1m by 1.3m commissioned piece is by well-known New Zealand artist John Keith Reed and has been sold to a Southland buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous.

​Reed, who now lives in Marlborough, said it was his biggest watercolour painting to date, but he hoped to do more.

He hoped to include more of Southland in his landscapes, as he was especially fond of Riverton, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound and hoped to visit the Catlins. "It's great being retired, painting a lot and enjoying it."

He had several artworks in Otautau Gallery and was always happy to work with staff there, he said.

Gallery owner Pamela Hopkins said the painting was "spectacular". "It's a huge, huge watercolour ... the quality is fantastic. "It really is quite something. It's a gorgeous painting and a vision of the client."

Watercolour was a difficult medium to work with for starters, but considering its size it would have been a huge challenge, Hopkins said.

A photo of hanging. The painting will be on display at the Otautau Gallery until the end of the year. Otautau Gallery painting

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