One of New Zealand’s most established and recognisable painters, Gretchen Albrecht is a consummate colourist, and her chromatic mastery is readily apparent in every work. Characterised by a freedom of expression and an unrestrained celebration of the emotive and metaphorical potential of paint, Gretchen’s works invoke feelings and associations that grow out of the world around us, frequently relating to nature.
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. 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.