For background on the artist and works, see below.
Whakaari (White Island) Obscured by Birds
Offering to a Perambulatory God
High Sea Low Land (Rope Room, Chatham Island)
A Woman is a Pilgrim (Nocturne)
A Woman is a Peregrina, Towards Compostela
Repose of a Soul (Compostela)
Whale Years / Migratory Species
On the Naming and Renaming of Islands
Window and Seat/ Southern Alps
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 ArtistBetween 2011 and 2015, painter and poet Gregory O’Brien found himself following the migratory routes of whales and sea birds across vast tracts of the South Pacific Ocean. These 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. Born in Matamata (1961) and currently 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.
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