For background on the artist and works, see below.
Lines Composed a few metres above High Water, Meretoto Ship Cove
Birdman – A Brace of Wing
Whale Years / Migratory Species
A Woman is a Peregrina, Towards Compostela
Birdman – A Lean to Things
From an Island in the Antipodes
A Woman is a Pilgrim (Nocturne)
Repose of a Soul (Compostela)
On the Naming and Renaming of Islands
High Sea Low Land (Rope Room, Chatham Island)
Window and Seat/ Southern Alps
Offering to a Perambulatory God
Whakaari (White Island) Obscured by Birds
Window and Seat / Southern Alps
Always song in the water (Bay of Plenty)
John Builds a House on Ancestral Land, Liku
Love song of Frances M Hodgkins, Villefranche
Ashburton Riverbook III
Ashburton Riverbook II
About the Artist
Since 2011, painter and poet Gregory O’Brien has followed the migratory routes of whales and sea birds across vast tracts of the South Pacific Ocean.
Many of his paintings and prints are the result of time spent on a number of islands – Raoul Island (in the Kermadecs), Whakaari/White Island and Tuhua/Mayor Island (in the Bay of Plenty) as well as Rapanui/ Easter Island, Tongatapu and the Chathams.
His works are a poetic exploration of these outlying places, the ocean between them, and the whale species and sea birds which are found there, and of our own cultural and personal linkages with places in the Pacific.
Born in Matamata (1961) and now based in Wellington, Gregory O’Brien is a poet, painter, curator, essayist, and printmaker. He frequently works in collaboration with John Pule, prominent Niue-NZ artist (see separate artwork listings under represented artists).
His book Always Song in the Water, part field notebook, part whale survey, part memoir, offers further insight into his paintings and printmaking; copies are available from good bookstores or Auckland University Press.
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