karekare
john madden

11 February - 8 March 2014

Karekare, John Madden's third major show of landscapes at Orexart, captures the varied moods and rich, turbulent history of the Waitakere Ranges.

In his acclaimed book, Landscape Paintings of New Zealand: A Journey from North to South, Christopher Johnstone describes Madden's works as possessing a "brooding, emotive character which typifies his very personal and painterly response to a land he never tires of painting."

In Karekare, references to important figures and events, including the local iwi, Te Kawarau a Maki, Captain Thomas Wing, pilot and harbourmaster of the Port of Manukau, and the Orpheus disaster - the worst maritime tragedy to occur in New Zealand waters, add a historical and human element to Madden's elegy to this extraordinary stretch of land and sea.

Madden studied pottery under Yvonne Rust and Barry Brickell, and later shifted his focus to painting, living for a time with Toss Woolaston and his wife Edith. Born in Greymouth to a second-generation coal mining family, he has continued living on the west coast; settling in Karekare in1989 - a place that provides a continual source of inspiration. In Madden's words, "there is nothing as brutal and beautiful as the west coast".

 

Captain Wing, Manukau, 2013. Oil on canvas. 1110 x 1360 mm

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In the shadow of Pararaha - looking south, 2013. Oil on canvas. 755 x 1110 mm

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Pararaha cold dawn, 2013. Oil on canvas. 370 x 760 mm

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Karekare - Ode to Te Kawarau a Maki, 2013. Oil on canvas. 1200 x 2200 mm

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Awhitu looking to Whatipu, 2011. Oil on canvas. 760 x 1200 mm

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Pararaha - Kahu guarding the gateway to the Pah, 2013. Oil on canvas. 600 x 1215 mm

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Te Ahu, 2013. Oil on canvas. 1500 x 1210 mm

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Awhitu, Harbourmasters - Sentinel to the Orpheus, 2013. Oil on canvas. 1215 x 1520 mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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