Story: Painting

Para Matchitt with paintings, 1965

Para Matchitt with paintings, 1965

Following the Second World War, Gordon Tovey in the Department of Education encouraged a generation of Māori artists to draw on their cultural traditions in developing modernist art. Para Matchitt, shown here, was employed as an art adviser by the department and began to follow Tovey's suggestion. Matchitt drew particular inspiration from the great Spanish modernist Pablo Picasso, as can be seen in these paintings, and he applied Picasso's style to the representation of traditional stories such as the separation of Rangi and Papa.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 27 September 1965, p. 16 (S-L-1320-16)
Photograph by Michael Willison

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Jock Phillips, 'Painting - Painting of identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014