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Aramoana Nineteen Eighty Four

ArtistRalph Hotere
Production Date1984
Mediumoil on canvas
Size2450 x 1825 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsabstraction, environmental protection, Christianity, religious art, crosses (objects), symbols, religious symbolism
Accession DateNov 1984
Accession NoC1994/1/134
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1984

Chartwell Notes

Aramoana nineteen eight four is one of many works Ralph Hotere made in response to a proposed aluminum smelter at Aramoana, a wilderness area of astonishing beauty near his home at the time in Dunedin. In this painting, Hotere brings together Maori and Christian symbolism, assuming a vital role as spiritual guardian of the land and offering prayers for its salvation.

Exhibition notes; home and Away, 1999

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
In Shifting Light
11 October 2008 - 19 April 2009
Curated by Ron Brownson

Auckland Art Gallery
Home and Away: Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art from the Chartwell Collection
Auckland Art Gallery New Gallery, 5 June - 22 August 1999
Curated by William McAloon