In his talk, recorded at Te Papa on Saturday 1 February 2014, artist Darryn George discusses his art practice dubbed ‘Māori abstraction’ – a unique synthesis of Western abstract art and Māori forms. He also explores his sense of spirituality through his art. In the recording he discusses work from his ‘Matapihi’ series, work made in response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and the influence on his work by Colin McCahon and Gordon Walters and by international abstract artists such as Barnett Newman.
Darryn George, Rata, 2011, acrylic on MDF, installed at Tauranga Art Gallery
Darryn George, Kaitiaki, 2013, mixed media and flora, installed at Canterbury Museum
Darryn George sitting with his Venice Biennale 2013 installation work, Folder room
Darryn George, Hone Kairiirii, 2004, installed at City Gallery Wellington
Darryn George, Pulse, 2008, installed at Christchurch Art Gallery