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Gordon Walters: Koru

03 Oct 2014 - 06 Jun 2016

Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford

Te Papa Touring exhibition


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<P>One motif. Thirty years of exhaustive exploration. Gordon Walters’ koru series combines a customary M&#257;ori symbol with European abstraction in seemingly endless ways. </P> <P>Walters’ obsession with the koru began early. As a boy, he spent hours exploring the M&#257;ori and Pacific works at the Dominion Museum, Te Papa’s predecessor. </P> <P>For M&#257;ori, the koru symbolises new life and has a special place in customary art. Its use by non-M&#257;ori artists like Walters has been hotly debated. Even so, this series has found its own special place in the hearts and minds of many New Zealanders. </P> <P>This exhibition is currently touring to:</P> <P><A href="http://www.esgallery.co.nz/">Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore</A>: 23 April – 6 June 2016</P> <P>This exhibition previously toured to:</P> <P><A href="http://www.percythomsongallery.org.nz//">Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford, Taranaki</A>: 3–29 October 2014</P> <P><A href="http://waikatomuseum.co.nz/exhibitions-and-events/view/2145882691/gordon-walters-koru-">Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton: 15 January – 28 February 2016</A></> <P><A href="http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/about/touring-exhibitions">More information about Te Papa's touring exhibitions</A></P>

Read more about this work in 'Colour swatches' by Francis Pound in Off the Wall

Selected Works

Ranui

Gordon Walters

1956

Tawa. From the portfolio: Barry Lett Multiples

Gordon Walters

1969

Painting no. 7

Gordon Walters

1965

Tama

Gordon Walters

1977

Karakia

Gordon Walters

1977

Maho

Gordon Walters

1973

Kahu

Gordon Walters

1977

Makaro

Gordon Walters

1969

Colour swatches for Kura

Gordon Walters

circa 1982

Colour sequence for Kura

Gordon Walters

circa 1982

Half-size colour study for Kura

Gordon Walters

1982

Full-size artwork for Kura

Gordon Walters

1982

Kura

Gordon Walters

1982

Untitled study

Gordon Walters

October 1956

Design for Te Ao Hou Magazine: Kowhaiwhai Motif

Gordon Walters

circa 1943-1990;

Gordon Walters : Paintings 1965

New Vision Gallery

1966

New Films/New Zealand

New Zealand Film Commission

circa 1980

Caxton Press to Gordon Walters

Leo Bensemann

27 August 1969