John Bevan Ford

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1930, d.2005
Ngāti Raukawa Ki Kapiti, Māori

Spöring’s View of Motuaro

  • Purchased, 1994
  • Pigmented inks
  • 1080 x 880mm
  • 94/15
  • 1992
earlier labels about this work
  • Art Detectives, 20 October 2006 - 25 March 2007

    A rainbow coloured peke (Maori rain cape) floats above an outline of rocky hills as seen from a distant ship. Here, Maori artist John Bevan Ford recalls drawings by Herman Spöring, an artist on board Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour in 1769 at the Bay of Islands.

    Ford was inspired by his time spent at the British Museum in the 1980s studying Maori taonga or treasures, including weaving and carvings collected by Cook. While referring to European exploration, this drawing also speaks of a long presence for Maori in this land, with the peke a symbol of mana and protection.