Pink and White Terraces
Oil painting on canvas, 1300 x 1300 mm, 2012
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“I am deeply compelled to paint mythical and primordial New Zealand landscapes” says Minson. “It has something to do with letting your imagination loose in a world that might be familiar yet surreal and magical at the same time. In every geographical feature here in Aotearoa there are myths and rich histories to be uncovered from the land.”
In the 1880s, the pink and white silica terraces cascaded down the hillside in the thermal Rotorua region and were so spectacular they become known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. In 1886 Mt Tarawera violently erupted and could be heard as far away as Auckland to the North and Christchurch to the South. Several hours later, the bed of Lake Rotomahana blew out, obliterating the terraces and burying the Maori villages of Moura and Te Ariki under a deep layer of liquid mud, stones and ash, killing 153 people.
In this work Minson was inspired by the history and myths surrounding the terraces, both dark and extraordinarily beautiful. Several pouakai, also known as haast eagles or hokioi, are perching and soaring around the terraces. The birds had the world’s largest wingspan of three metres and went extinct c. 1400 A.D. Their presence could be interpreted as heralding change, as an omen for the destruction and ultimate transformation.
This painting is part of Minson's 4-18 September 2012 exhibition of new works at Parnell Gallery. Watch this Maori Television feature on the show:
Full colour or black and white prints are available. They come in a limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 700 x 700mm surrounded by an unprinted white border. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.
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