Whitespace Opening | Michael Shepherd
Tuesday 26 February
5.30 - 7.30pm
Exhibition 26 February - 16 March, 2013
Analogies with Anathoth, a once fertile place that became an embodiment of desolation, do not chime with the received image of New Zealand, renowned for its scenic splendour. Iconic paintings by artists such as McCahon, Angus and Binney celebrate a country of purity and clarity, its distinctively delineated hills of verdant green stretching to limpid horizons. But to Shepherd these vistas are puzzling, whether considering pre-settlement New Zealand or its later cultivated topography.
Catalogue excerpt Elizabeth Rankin
Awarded a M.N.Z.M (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to the Arts in 2008.
Michael Shepherd has been collected by private collections both within New Zealand and internationally and by many major national public collections; including Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery and the Christchurch Art Gallery.