Story: Criticism and the arts

'Kahukura' (1st of 2)


'Kahukura' (1968) was one of a series of paintings by Gordon Walters that used the koru (unfurling fern) pattern commonly seen in Māori art. Drawing on both contemporary European abstraction and traditional Māori motifs, Walters explored relationships between forms, creating a range of perceptual effects in the process. He commented, 'My work is an investigation of positive/negative relationships within a deliberately limited range of forms; the forms I use have no descriptive value in themselves and are used solely to demonstrate relations. I believe that dynamic relations are most clearly expressed by the repetition of a few simple elements.'

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Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
Reference: 1982/36/2/D
Screenprint by Gordon Walters

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Rebecca Rice and Mark Williams, 'Criticism and the arts - Critical approaches, 1980s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Rebecca Rice and Mark Williams, published 22 Oct 2014