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Painting No. 1; Gordon Walters; 1965; 1966/4 on NZ Museums
Gordon Walters made his first studies using the koru motif in 1956. His early interest in Maori art was reinforced in the 1940s by émigré Dutch artist Theo Schoon and in the '50s by experience of abstract art in Europe. Over the following decade he developed and simplified the ideas expressed in those early studies, culminating in the painting Te Whiti, 1964, and this work, exhibited at the artist's first major one-person show in 1966. For Walters, the koru motif was a way of making sense of…
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Modern Abstract Design by Gordon Walters
After seeing the aftermath of the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, I remembered my time traveling on the South island there and passing through that city. While I was there, I noticed some pretty interesting designs from the Polynesian Maori culture, a lot of them making use of the Koru, or unfurling spiral shaped silver fern. Gordon Walters is a New Zealand painter and graphic designer who combined European abstract art with Maori themes. The fern plant shape is pretty simple, but I…