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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Oceania: Dennis Knight Turner

Dennis Knight Turner was unkown to me before last night. For anyone with a joy in Oceanic Art this exhibition of watercolours, painted at speed in 1992 when the artist was 68, was a revelation. Derivative works reflecting a long term of studying, absorbing and reflecting Oceanic art concepts and imagery. Forget whether Europeans are entitled to borrow from other cultures (they do anyway) the line, simplicity, tones and evocation of the Pacific shone through in these works.

His story and the story of these works are worth reading. For me it was an exhibition of quality, thank you Barb Speedy and Luit Bieringa for presenting them to the world of the unaware.

1 comment:

  1. I had a look at Turner's paintings on Diversion Gallery's site and I really enjoyed them. I hope you continue to talk about exhibitions you attend, it's a great way to spread the word about NZ art. Drought in Northland - and I see this morning there's a bushfire in Marlborough! I wish you good rain!