Enduring Relationships

An Enduring Relationship, Adventurer And Artist

Craig S Primrose Sir Edmund Hillary 2007 framed“Of course I always knew of Sir Ed, a legend of epic proportions, a New Zealand icon; a craggy, Craig S Primrose Sir Edmund Hillary 2005 framedtaciturn, emphatic presence. One of the few individuals to equal or eclipse the All Blacks as an
inspirational focus of New Zealand’s national character. We would catch up for coffee; city
dwelling artist and polar explorer. I had a few good yarns to tell, Ed had a lifetime of adventures. 

This whole process was pretty one sided, Ed showering me with his wealth of life experiences and I narrating a few city life war stories. I had the wonderful privilege to be exposed to the real Sir Ed, the man who won the hearts of New Zealanders with his understated warmth, generous compassion, love of life and love of humanity. And so I decided to paint, to capture the essence of the man, quintessential explorer, philosopher, my friend.

Sir Ed would tell me stories of victory and hardship, the power of believing that the apparently impossible was feasible, that in the face of indefatigable odds, there is often a path forward. He loved the people of Nepal and realised that theirs was a fragile, unrecognised, undervalued existence. The Nepalese desperately needed help with health, education and the environment he found many ways to respond.” “I remember that he had a reasonably unlined face, a subdued smile and eyes that could penetrate right through you. He did not suffer fools. His hair was always kept rather long and unkempt, he looked as though he had come into the room from a howling gale outside.”


 Craig S Primrose Sir Edmund Hillary 2003 framed 

 The Artist

Born in Auckland New Zealand in 1956, Craig is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, known throughout the world for his skillful portraiture, sporting imagery and stunning landscapes His skill in portraiture has led him to being commissioned to paint Sir Edmund Hillary, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 and subsequently was appointed as Sir Edmund’s preferred artist.

With a passion for sport Craig has produced many works portraying some of the worlds greatest sports teams and super stars. These include Americas Cup yachting, Formula One motor sport including Ferrari, McLaren and Jaguar, the All Blacks, Colin Meads, the late Sir Peter Blake. Pete Sampras, Andre Aggasi and Jack Nicholas to name but a few.

himalayan trustCraig is also well know for his landscapes and has an amazing ability the witehouseto capture the magnificence of the Southern Alps to the NZ coastline influenced by the changing nature of the weather and atmospheric conditions. One might say his work falls into the realms contemporary realism.

Craig only works with oils on teak stretched Belgium linen.
With sell out exhibitions in New York and Silverstone his works are now found throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and America and through selected galleries in New Zealand with a Private Gallery soon to be opened. With many private
commissions Craig has rapidly become one of New Zealand’s most sought after artists.

On the 24th August 2010 The New Zealand Government awarded Craig the Queen’s Service Medal for his contribution to art.


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