Don Driver

Don Driver was born in Hastings in 1930. He was largely self-taught. Since his early beginnings as an artist he was an astute and avid reader of modern art traditions, with his exploration into the nature of 'art' producing some of the most compelling and significant art of his time.

"Driver has a longstanding fascination with the formal and fetishistic properties of traditional African and Asian art, and has collected a number of Asian sculptures; he is particularly attracted to their raw power and dynamic forms. At the same time, Driver is keenly aware of contemporary Western art, and his early assemblage works have a strong affinity with Robert Rauschenberg's 'combines', and with the aesthetic of the Italian arte povera movement and its use of the humble organic and industrial materials."
'Art at Te Papa' editor William McAloon

Don Driver's work is collected by major public institutions; Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, Govett Brewster New Plymouth, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Previous exhibition
Julian Dashper and Don Driver
Don Driver - Selected Works 1968-2008