Colin McCahon

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1919, d.1987

Northland

  • Donated from the Canterbury Public Library Collection, 2001
  • Reproduced courtesy of Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust
  • Ink wash on paper
  • 631 x 506mm
  • 2002/178
  • 1959

“Once more it states my interest in landscape as a symbol of place and also of the human condition. It is not so much a portrait of a place as such but is a memory of a time and an experience of a particular place.” —Colin McCahon

(McCahon / Van der Velden, 18 December 2015 – 7 August 2016)

earlier labels about this work
  • The years 1958-59 were intensely productive for Colin McCahon, and his output for the period included a large body of work known as the ‘Northland series’. Of the 80 or so wash drawings, McCahon said ‘the sheets of paper were all spread out over the floor in a row and I simply walked along the line with a brush in my hand using it to create … a continuous image. I think this method gave me the feeling of spontaneity I was after … They are linked to the Northland series done in oils, but are less strict than the oils and I think that finally the ones on paper are better.’ McCahon is now widely regarded as New Zealand’s most important modern painter. He was born in Timaru and studied art in Dunedin. He spent time in Christchurch and Nelson, and moved to Auckland in 1953, working first at the City Art Gallery then at the University of Auckland School of Fine Arts. In 1970 he resigned from teaching to paint full-time. (Label date unkown)