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PA MAORI by Alan Taylor

PA MAORI by Alan Taylor
10 March – 31 March

Maungakiekie, Acrylic on board 60 x 50 cm

Aesthete Parnell Gallery would like to welcome you to our opening exhibition for 2009 to view the vibrantly coloured, detailed and spiritually infused work of Auckland expressionist artist, Alan Taylor.

Alan was born in England in 1933 and arrived in New Zealand in 1953. He is well versed in Maori history, art and architecture. Alan’s achievement is, through his use of an array of potent Maori and Polynesian iconography, to have established a visual language that is unique to his work and which unites cultural boundaries.

Alan’s work is always instantly recognisable. This is due to its bright and individual palette, high degree of detail and profuse, expressionistic symbolism. The narrative pictures and themes make vivid use of Maori myths, legend and history.

Alan’s artistic career spans forty years. The inspiration for his art is not so much taken from a literal view of experience but also a powerful surreal, subconscious response to Maori landscape, history and tradition. Alan is represented in the Auckland Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum and the James Wallace Collection.

This latest exhibition, entitled Pa Maori, features a series of paintings depicting Maori Pa sites in Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau. Alan himself has lived in a number of Maori communities with his home Marae being Ihumatao Pa in Mangere. The paintings reflect a deep understanding of and sensitivity to Maori culture.

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