About the book
‘This book fills an important role in the public record through Helen’s personal account of the formation of a major private collection of New Zealand art and the lives it touched.’ — Julia Waite, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Light & Reflections is a story of a home filled with contemporary New Zealand art and the family who collected it over two generations and nearly ninety years. It’s a story that is both quietly domestic and culturally significant – for while much has been written about our leading artists, little has been documented of the lives of their work in private collections and the people who live alongside them. Author Helen Beaglehole and photographer Matthew O’Reilly open the red front door of the Beaglehole home in Messines Road, Karori, and invite readers to experience a singular collection, the fall of light in the rooms and the reflections that arise.