Ape to Zipp
Here are the works that appeared in the exhibition Ape to Zipp, with the labels used in that show, written by curator Ken Hall.
The exhibition ran from 13 May 2005 to 8 October 2006.
Holding her spoon like a rattle, baby Sarah takes another mouthful. Sarah is Michael Smither's daughter. The cat really looks like it wants a cat door ...
There are lots of B words in this painting. How many can you find? Five is good … ten or more is amazing!
baked beans, baby, breakfast, bib, bowl, book, box, bench, blonde, boiled egg, broken egg, black cat, (and quite a few blue things).
It's time to pack up the circus and to get ready for the next town. The elephant helps by pulling a heavy wagon out through the open tent door.
Olivia Spencer-Bower loved everything about the circus, and went back many times with her sketchbook and watercolours when it came to Christchurch in the early 1940s.
Q: How can you tell if there's an elephant under your bed?
A: Your nose is touching the ceiling!
Lucy Kemp-Welch did this oil painting of a horse and its foal in the English village where she lived. She always loved drawing horses, even when she was a little girl, and became the most famous horse painter of her day. She also did paintings for a popular version of the book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
Louise Henderson painted this in an abstract style. That means instead of making it look real, she wanted to make an interesting arrangement of colours and shapes.
The grapes in a basket are easy to find, but what else can you see?
Q: What do a grape and an elephant have in common?
A: They're both purple, except for the elephant!
This painting was made for a set of Gregg's Jelly cards, 'Rare and Endangered Birds of New Zealand'. 35 cards were collected in an album, encouraging young New Zealanders to appreciate our precious bird life.
How many of these birds' names did you already know? Two of them also live on $1 and $2 coins!
This giant gold heart is also an upside-down map of the world, with New Zealand at the top! It has all been made from chocolate wrapping paper.
Who thinks the artist likes chocolate?
And here's history: a heart-shaped world map was first thought of exactly 500 years ago by a really inventive man called Johann Werner.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi Tomoe Gozen pulling the ear of Nagase Hangan in the presence of Tezuka Taro Mitsumori, Kiso Yoshinaka and Yamabuki Gozen c. 1843
These woodblock prints show a painful scene from a kabuki play based on The Tale of the Heike, a famous book about Japanese clans who were fighting each other a long time ago.
The ear puller is Tomoe Gozen, a 12th century female samurai warrior who was known for her great beauty and extraordinary strength.
Charles Padday lived by the sea in England. Maybe he wished he was a pirate. As well as illustrating adventure books, every year he made large paintings of pirates for a big exhibition in London.
Q: What is a pirate's favourite letter of the alphabet?
Q: Why does a pirate's phone go beep beep beep?
A: Because he left it off the hook!
Elsie Maud White Queen Elizabeth I / [after 'The Ditchley portrait' by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger] c. 1953
Frances Hodgkins was born in New Zealand and became famous for her paintings in Europe. During wartime in England, some of her things were stolen. She remembered those things by putting them into this wonderful painting.
Can you find a zip, a belt, and some shoes …? Other things here might be harder to recognise.
This painting shows some of the oldest drawings in New Zealand. They were made by early Maori hundreds of years ago at a rock shelter near Waikari, north of Christchurch.
Beneath the rock is a carpet of dry, yellow tussock grass. This plant is a xerophyte. That means it doesn't need much water.
Now there's a good word to know!