Painting No. 1

Gordon Walters1965

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Gordon Walters made his first studies using the koru motif in 1956. Painting No. 1, with its two clusters of black-and-white koru forms, reflects the influence of Māori kōwhaiwhai, tā moko and Oceanic art in general. To this, Walters added his sophisticated understanding of geometric abstraction, with its ideas of clarity and structure, interest in the relationship of figure and ground, and the need for precision. Walters’s koru paintings are a meeting of Polynesian and European art traditions, in which the value of each is upheld.

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  • Title: Painting No. 1
  • Creator: Gordon Walters
  • Date Created: 1965
  • Physical Dimensions: w1219 x h914 mm (entire)
  • Artist biography: Gordon Walters was born in Wellington in 1919. He studied commercial art at Wellington Technical College. In 1950, Walters moved to Europe, where he was influenced by Abstract modernist painters, including Piet Mondrian. He returned to New Zealand in 1953, where he worked until his death in 1995.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1966, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/terms-of-use
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: PVA on hardboard

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Painting No. 1 (Supplemental)