Tremain pays dues to artist

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A distinguished artist who died in Alexandra this week established his reputation during 40-plus years in Queenstown.

Douglas Badcock was “the first guy to probably establish himself here as a painter in any big way
at all”, local artist/cartoonist Garrick Tremain says.

Born in Balclutha 87 years ago, Badcock moved to Queenstown after the Second World War and had an art gallery at his family home in Frankton Road before shifting to Speargrass Flat Rd. He later retired to Clyde.

A minister’s son, he married a local publican’s daughter, Bonnie, at the former Presbyterian Church at the top of what’s now The Mall.

“He was a ‘plein air’ painter, he got out in the field, up on the mountains, and painted,” Tremain says.

“He very strongly represented that New Zealand landscape style that was so popular in the 1950s and he was a leader in that field.”

Tremain suggests Badcock, a Kelliher Art Award winner, would have experienced differing fortunes in recent years because people’s tastes have changed.

Badcock’s sons John, Brian and David are all prominent artists in their own right.