Te Tihi o Kahukura: Bill Sutton - Print

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A high-quality reproduction of an original oil painting by artist William Sutton.

Available as a matted print, and in either a white or black frame.


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Te Tihi o Kahukura and Sky, I
William Sutton Te Tihi o Kahukura and Sky, I

This painting by Bill Sutton expands our view of a familiar site on Christchurch’s Port Hills, encouraging the viewer to consider what mysteries may have been present before the arrival of Māori tangata whenua, the people of the land. Te Tihi o Kahukura, or the Citadel of Kahukura, is the first name of Castle Rock, the foregrounded point at the left of the painting. The extended Māori name translates as ‘the Citadel of the Rainbow God (and a) sky full of boiling clouds roaring around all over the place’. According to Kāi Tahu tradition, Kahukura is the atua, or god, who clothed the land; Kahukura later transformed to become the atua of rainbows. Here, Sutton’s interest in landscape, light and colour is applied to a location of significance for Māori. There is an intimacy in the site for Sutton, as he was able to see it “from my upstairs back-landing window”. Sutton’s house remains in what is now known as ‘the red zone’, an earthquake-battered place of an undetermined future.

(Te Tihi o Kahukura: The Citadel of Kahukura, 18 Februay 2017 - 18 May 2018)

Te Tihi o Kahukura: The Citadel of Kahukura

Te Tihi o Kahukura: The Citadel of Kahukura

Selected works by Bill Sutton considered from a Kāi Tahu perspective.

An Italian sojourn

An Italian sojourn

Pat Unger on William Sutton's 1973 Italian sabbatical.