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Gordon Walters is an iconic New Zealand artist.Read More
He is best known for his paintings employing the koru, the curving bulb form from Maori moko and kowhaiwahi rafter patterns. Form 1956 until his until his death he undertook a rigorous invetsatigtion of the koru form in the context of iternational modernism. He Mondrian-ised the koru, straightening and regimenting its scroll-like forms, taking it from organic to strictly geometric, but he also produced other series such as the Transparencies in which a solid form is layered with a coloured repetition of itself, and the interlocking geometric forms that seem to fight against each other for pictorial dominance.
Walters is a revered figure in New Zealand, recognised for a long and productive career spanning four decades. The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki presented a retrospective exhibition his work in 1983 and a survey exhibition Parallel Lines in 1994, and he has been included in many survey shows, including A Very Peculiar Practice: Aspects of Recent New Zealand Art at the City Gallery, Wellington (1995). Walters is represented in numerous public collections and his place in New Zealand's art history is also memorialised in the bi-annual Walters Prize exhibition and award at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
Starkwhite is delighted to work in partnership with the Walters Estate to further the understanding and reach of Walters artistic legacy.
Text courtesy Starkwhite.
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