Story: Contemporary Māori art – ngā toi hōu

Arnold Wilson sculpture, 1964

Arnold Wilson sculpture, 1964

Arnold Manaaki Wilson (Ngāi Tūhoe), NZOM, was the first Māori fine-arts university graduate, in 1955. His later work as a sculptor reflected his Māori upbringing while also drawing on the stripped-down forms of early-20th-century European modernism. This 1964 sculpture, a little over a metre tall, is titled 'Woman towelling herself dry'.

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Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, 'Contemporary Māori art – ngā toi hōu - Beginnings of contemporary Māori art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/45356/arnold-wilson-sculpture-1964 (accessed 17 November 2018)

Story by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, published 22 Oct 2014