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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

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(1919 - 1987), New Zealand

Colin McCahon Biography

Colin McCahon is recognised as New Zealand's most significant artist of the 20th century, exploring questions of spiritual faith and religious doubt for more than 40 years. McCahon was largely self-taught, influenced by Romanticism and then Abstract Expressionism. His earliest mature works were produced in the years following World War II and depicted religious events relocated into the New Zealand landscape and influenced by early Italian Renaissance painters such as Giotto.

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In 1953 McCahon moved from Christchurch to Auckland—New Zealand's main city—taking up a position on the staff at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. In 1958 he visited the United States, where his discovery of Abstract Expressionism influenced the scale and ambition of his painting. This resulted in works such as the 'Northland Panels' (1958), which represented an unprecedented philosophical engagement with the New Zealand landscape and an assimilation of international practice.

McCahon's painting during the 1960s and 1970s continued to surprise critics and supporters. For example, Victory over death 2 (1970) and Teaching aids 2 (July) (1975) abandoned pictorial images for text. These late works influenced many contemporary artists on both sides of the Tasman and beyond.

McCahon's work is held in the collections of almost all of New Zealand's major public art galleries, as well as those of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and other major public and private collections in Australia and Europe.

Ocula | 2019

Colin McCahon Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Black White at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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14 December 2019–25 January 2020 Group Exhibition Black White Hamish McKay, Wellington

Colin McCahon Represented By

Colin McCahon In Ocula Magazine

Colin McCahon: A Way Through Ocula Insight
In collaboration with Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington
Colin McCahon: A Way Through Christina Barton, Sophie Thorn and Nina Dyer, Wellington

Colin McCahon's Gate III (1970) has graced the walls of Victoria University of Wellington since 1972. Thousands of students and staff have walked past it over these years, and many remember their first encounter with the towering words 'I AM' that dominate its composition. Gate III was commissioned for the exhibition Ten Big Paintings at...

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Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Exhibitions: The Lowdown Anna Dickie, Auckland

The time is ripe to galvanise New Zealand's public to more fully support its visual arts. With New Zealand-born artists like Simon Denny , Michael Stevenson and Francis Upritchard continuing to gain international acclaim, and a Turner Prize nominee in Luke Willis Thompson , the international art world is beginning to take notice of this...

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Colin McCahon In Related Press

Must-See Art Exhibitions to Check Out in Auckland This Winter Related Press Must-See Art Exhibitions to Check Out in Auckland This Winter 26 August 2019, Concrete Playground

The weather's a bit shit so you can't go to the beach, you've binge-watched all your favourite shows, and you fear for your safety stepping outside with Auckland's current random tendency for mini tornados and roof-ripping winds. What is there left to do but take in some culture, via Auckland's glorious plethora of warm, dry art galleries?

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Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art Related Press Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art 16 December 2015, The Press

Christchurch people are about to be reunited with an art collection hidden from sight for nearly five years. The reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday will mean the city's art collection will be on display once again. The collection has been in safe storage since the gallery closed after the February 2011 earthquakes....

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Compatible Partnership or Domination? Related Press Compatible Partnership or Domination? 31 July 2015, EyeContact

With its official opening last Saturday morning, the latest transmutation of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is now open for public inspection, alongside its dazzling new neighbour and partner (by virtue of sharing the same director), the Len Lye Centre. New Zealand Aotearoa’s art communities will watch Simon Rees with interest as he...

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