John Walsh exhibition to kick off Matariki
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.