John Walsh ex­hi­bi­tion to kick off Matariki

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Matariki, the Maori New Year, will be cel­e­brated at Pataka Art Mu­seum with a new ex­hi­bi­tion from Welling­ton artist John Walsh.

Matakite – Panoramic vi­sions by John Walsh – will open on June 19 with a talk by the long­time land­scape painter.

The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether the most out­stand­ing large-scale land­scape paint­ings Walsh has pro­duced over the last two decades. One paint­ing in the se­ries is more than two me­tres high and five me­tres wide.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tle, Matakite, comes from the name Maori give to vi­sion­ar­ies – those with sec­ond sight.

In the early 1990s, Walsh moved to Welling­ton to be­come cu­ra­tor of con­tem­po­rary Maori art at the Na­tional Art Gallery. At that time his work trans­formed from more tra­di­tional por­traits to the panoramic vi­sions seen in his cur­rent show.

He said it was also when the drive came from artist Diane Prince to re­vive the tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions re­lat­ing to Matariki.

John Walsh’s Marak­i­hau, from 2013.

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