Len Lye was one of New Zealand's most noted expatriate artists. He spent time in Australia and Samoa before reaching London in 1926. The British were soon intrigued by this bohemian artist who wore a lava-lava and produced abstract paintings, experimental films, batiks and sculptures. He pioneered experimental film-making by painting and scratching images directly onto celluloid film. His film ‘Colour box’ so impressed the judges at the International Cinema Festival in Brussels that they invented a category for it and awarded it a medal of honour. Len Lye moved to New York where he made a name for himself with his kinetic sculptures. He made return visits to the land of his birth in 1968 and 1977.
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Reference: Flip & two twisters [videorecording]. Director/writer, Shirley Horrocks. Auckland: Point of View Productions, 1995
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