One of New Zealand’s preeminent abstract painters, Gretchen Albrecht has acheived wide renown as a consummate colourist. Over the course of her distinguished career –now spanning several decades–she has continued to pursue the depths of the medium, focusing on an experiential intersection of colour, gesture and geometry.
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 painting. In 2002 the Auckland Art Gallery mounted the large-scale exhibition, ‘Illuminations: a 23 Year Survey of the Hemispheres and Ovals’. She is the subject of several major publications, including, most recently, her monograph Between gesture and geometry(Massey University Press, Auckland, 2019), Colloquy: Three Essays, (Auckland, 2015), edited by James Ross with essays by Colm Tóibín, Linda Gill and Mary Kisler.