In Te Rawhiti II, the tangled confusion of the city looms above the façade of the spiritually charged house. The art deco-style wharekai, or dining hall, at the right had been demolished four years before this painting was made. It was replaced by a larger complex, which Robert Ellis and his wife had a hand in planning and building.

Te Rawhiti II is part of a comprehensive series of paintings that make observations about two cultural threads, Māori and Pākehā (Europeans), from a personal as well as a social perspective. In 1980 Ellis said, ‘A lot of my paintings now reflect the conflict between rural and urban life. It’s my conflict too. A conflict between rural Maori and urban Anglo-Saxon. It’s something I’m very conscious of. A personal thing that has been very difficult.’

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  • Title: Te Rawhiti II
  • Creator: Robert Ellis
  • Date Created: 1974
  • Subject: Te Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Place Part Of: New Zealand
  • Physical Dimensions: w1242 x h1240 mm (Without frame)
  • More Info: View this artwork on the Chartwell Trust website - View this artwork on the Chartwell Trust website - Chartwell Trust - http://www.chartwell.org.nz/Terms.aspx
  • Artist biography: Robert Ellis was born in 1929. Aged 18, he undertook military service with the Royal Air Force photography section. Ellis subsequently studied at London’s Royal College of Art, immigrating to New Zealand in 1957 to teach painting at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckalnd. His experience of studying the world from above inspired his early work, painting abstracted aerial views of imaginary cities fringed with water and their jumbles of motorways.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1974 <a href="http://www.chartwell.org.nz/Collection/ArtworkDetails/artwork/309/title/te-rawhiti-ii.aspx">Visit the Chartwell Collection website</a>, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/terms-of-use
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: oil on board