La Belle De Tahiti

Size Guide
  • Archival pigment print
  • Ilford Galerie Prestige (310gsm), acid free, cotton blend paper
  • Epson Ultrachrome inks, renowned for superior colour gamut and lightfastness
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Available in framed or unframed options

  • Originally painted on velvet, these original iconic paintings are highly sought after today. McPhee's subjects were generally of pacific people. Tahitian women and men, Maori women and men all with various attire.

    Charles McPhee was one of the first artists to paint on black velvet. He studied with the founder of this genre, American artist Edgar Leeteg (1904- 1954). In the early years after WWII, painting on velvet was a unique new technique which enabled the artist to render life forms in a tactile and lifelike way. In the 1960s Charles McPhee enjoyed immense success and personal popularity. He was inundated with commissions and his exhibitions were sell outs.

    Whilst studying with Leeteg, Charles McPhee met Tahitian beauty and artist’s model, Elizabeth Tetuanui. Elizabeth became his wife and long-time muse. On returning to New Zealand they established their home and studio in the Waitakeres.

    A 1998 television documentary, Velvet Dreams, by award-winning Samoan director, Sima Urale featured the artist and his works. Charlies died at the age of 92.



    We offer framing services in two sizes, A3 and A2 in four different colour options black, white, rimu and oak style finish. It's an easy, affordable way to give a completed (ready to hang) gift.



    New Zealand
    - Free tracked shipping on all orders over $150 in value.
    - All orders under $150 in value ship at a flat rate of $10.


    Rest Of The World

    All orders are eligible for flat rate shipping. We currently only offer one shipping service:
    International Air | Untracked Service | 10-12 Working Days - $32NZD
    International Courier | Tracked Service | 5-7 Working Days - $55NZD

    (Unfortunately we are unable to ship framed prints overseas)


    We accept all major credit cards.. When checking out, your order will be processed in NZD (New Zealand Dollars).


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      The ArtOfficial difference - Our limited edition prints are signed by the artist and are exclusive to this online store. You will not find this artwork in any other gallery.


      When you purchase an ArtOfficial art print you are purchasing an aesthetically pleasing investment in art that holds value.


      Printed on ILFORD Gallery Quality Cotton Rag papers. (310gsm) Using only Epson archival, museum grade pigment inks.

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