Monday, 17 June 2013

Ralph Hotere

Ralph Hotere - New Zealand Maori artist

Today's art post is about a New Zealand artist who died not very long ago – Ralph Hotere (1931-2013).

He was born in the Hokianga  (one of 15 children) and that is where his tangi and funeral were held – a moving occasion from the TV images I saw.

Aramoana - by Ralph Hotere

Hotere incorporated words into some of his images and also did works in support of various causes such as his Aramoana series which was to protest the putting of an aluminium smelter there – the protesters were successful and it didn't happen.

Ralph Hotere

Quite a lot of his later works utilised corrugated iron and old timber.

Ralph Hotere

While his colour range is a bit too dark for me, there is no denying the power of his work.  Hotere almost never spoke about his work, preferring it to speak for itself.

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1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of this artist. I love his work! Sorry he is no longer around to create more. Headed to see what I can find on him, so thanks for turning me on to a new artist!


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