29, Pike men
john madden

1 - 24 March 2016

One sunny November afternoon in 2010, a devastating explosion shook Pike River’s deep underground mine northeast of Greymouth, in the West Coast region of the South Island. Over an hour and a half later, two men emerged from the mine’s entrance. Twenty-nine were still unaccounted for. For five days the men’s families and friends held out for positive news until a second massive explosion obliterated all hope.

“This body of work speaks both politically and as a reflection of my passion for coal mining; coal is in my blood. I am of the underground and I have undertaken this body of work in an effort to speak the unspoken. I question who is responsible [for the Pike River disaster]. The works I have produced are for the lost men of Pike River mine and for their families; it is a requiem mass in paint.”
John Madden, February 2016.

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29, (2015). Oil on linen. 1210 x 1015mm

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Pike Men, 29 Souls Underground, (2015). Oil on canvas. 920 x 920mm

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29 Cross, (2016). 1010 x 1030mm, oil on canvas

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Check Mate, (2016). 920 x 1210mm, oil on canvas

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Never Be Forgotten [3], (2016). 600 x 600mm, oil on canvas

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Never Be Forgotten [1], (2016). 600 x 600mm, oil on canvas

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Never Be Forgotten [2], (2016). 600 x 600mm, oil on canvas

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The Heart Of It All, (2016). 930 x 910mm, oil on canvas

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The Cross Of The Brave, (2016). 1020 x 760mm, oil on canvas

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Tunnel 29, (2016). 1020 x 280mm, oil on board

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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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