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Don Binney Flight Path

We are very pleased to be giving away three copies of Greg O’Brien’s book ‘Don Binney Flight Path’, to our GrownUps members.

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About Don Binney Flight Path

A richly illustrated account of the life and work of one of New Zealand’s most iconic artists.

Painter, printmaker, teacher, writer and ornithologist, Don Binney (1940–2012) was a mercurial presence on the New Zealand cultural scene from the time of his meteoric rise to fame in the early 1960s. His unmistakable, stylised depictions of birds have come to define an era in the development of the nation’s art. Don Binney: Flight Path follows the painter from Te Henga / Bethells Beach – his artistic tūrangawaewae – through his years of wandering not only the length of Aotearoa but as far afield as Latin America and Europe. Drawing extensively on Binney’s letters, journals and other writings, award-winning author and curator Gregory O’Brien takes us into the world of this gifted but paradoxical artist. Richly illustrated with Binney’s paintings, drawings and prints – alongside photographs and documentary materials – this is the first full-length monograph on one of New Zealand’s most important twentieth-century artists.


‘Good Lord what a beautiful book. A simply breathtaking immersion into the vivid life and work of a great artist, whose work has received a long-overdue reassessment. Gregory O’Brien has done Binney, and ourselves, proud. Obligatory.’ – Sam Neill

‘Meticulously researched, beautifully written and richly illustrated, Flight Path takes us to those regions of an artist’s life hidden from the viewer’s gaze. Told with empathy and truthfulness, this is the story of a man, brilliant and flawed, whose distinctive art practice and his concern for the environment will ensure his relevance for generations to come.’ – Robin White

‘Although he is one of New Zealand’s best-loved painters, there is surprisingly little published on Don Binney. This book is of great value in providing a thoughtful, sensitive and engaging account of his art and life. Gregory O’Brien’s deep engagement with his subject shines through, giving the text a real authority, and the generous selection of images is fantastic. This will be the essential book on Don Binney, and an essential book in the art history of Aotearoa.’ – Jill Trevelyan


Gregory O’Brien is a writer, painter and art curator. Alongside his poetry and painting, he has written major books on New Zealand art and artists including Lands and Deeds: Profiles of Contemporary New Zealand Painters (Godwit Publishing, 1996), A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy (Auckland University Press, 2011) and as co-editor Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance (Victoria University Press, 2000). As a writer, curator and contributing artist, O’Brien was involved in the Kermadec art exhibition, which travelled around New Zealand and the wider Pacific between 2012 and 2016. His book Always Song in the Water (Auckland University Press, 2019) is the basis for a major exhibition at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland. Gregory O’Brien became an Arts Foundation Laureate and won the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2012, and in 2017 became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and received an honorary doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington.



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    1. You must be a GrownUps member and receive our newsletter to be eligible to win.
    2. Competition closes on the 13th December 2023, winners will be notified via email by 14th December 2023.
    3. It is your responsibility to ensure you correctly enter a New Zealand postal address where the prize can be couriered. GrownUps will not take responsibility for prizes sent to incorrect addresses.
    4. Winners are drawn at random by the GrownUps administration team.
    5. GrownUps employees and family are not eligible to enter.
    6. By entering the giveaway, you approve for GrownUps to use your name on social media as winner of the competition.
    7. One entry per household.
    8. Prize is non transferrable.
    9. You must reside in New Zealand – the prize will only be posted within New Zealand.
    10. You must be over 50 years of age to enter, check your details are correct in your membership dashboard.