She's one of our most-lauded abstract artists but Gretchen Albrecht has largely shunned the limelight. Dionne Christian talks to the queen of colour.

Gretchen Albrecht was just 12 years old when one of the most important meetings of her life took place.

Albrecht, now 75, remembers it well. It was a serious affair for the well-behaved young girl to have to visit the headmaster's office, accompanied by her mother Joyce, father Reuben and art teacher Colin de Luca. Especially when she'd been at Mt Roskill Grammar only for a few weeks and the school itself, built in what was a

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