For background on the artist and works, see below.
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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