My love of art started at high school when visiting the Robert McDougall Art Gallery. I attended art classes there and tried unsuccessfully to discover any latent talent! I joined the Foundation board in 2008 and enjoy what it brings to the city. My all-time favourite artwork is Mountain Stream, Otira Gorge by van der Velden. It is bleak and powerful.
Yellow Moon: He Marama Kōwhai
Yellow is a colour with impact – it’s time to encounter its brilliance.
This article first appeared as 'Painting offers a multiverse of symbols' in The Press on 21 June 2017.
For the exhibition Untitled #1050 (25 November 2017 – 14 October 2018) this work was displayed with the following label:
“The form I use in my painting is not really the Māori koru; I think of it in terms of a line ending in a circle and then I break this sometimes. I use free circles. What I have done to the form really is to push it in a direction of geometry so that in my painting I can have not only a positive negative effect of black and white, but also a working of vertical and horizontal which is equally important.”
—Gordon Walters, 1975