One of New Zealand’s most established and recognisable painters, Albrecht has been painting and exhibiting since the late 1960s. She graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland with an Honours Degree in painting in 1963. She is the subject of several major publications, including, most recently, Colloquy: Three Essays, (Auckland, 2015), edited by James Ross with essays by Colm Tóibín, Linda Gill and Mary Kisler.
The artist investigates the endless possibilities of abstraction combining a sensuous colour palette with a fine sense of geometry. Her paintings invoke the feelings and associations that come from the underlying rhythms of nature, creating works that are an unrestrained celebration of the emotive and metaphorical potential of paint.
Albrecht’s work is held in major New Zealand public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery, Waikato Museum, the University of Auckland and Victoria University. In 2000, Gretchen was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to paintings in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.