Whale Centre limited editions
For background on the artist and works, see below.
About the Artist
Series of limited edition prints raising funds for the National Whale Centre being established in Picton. With all artists and the gallery gifting their contribution, all proceeds go to the National Whale Centre. Visit www.aworldwithwhales.com for more details on the new centre opening 2014.
More About the Artist
The first four artists to participate in the print series were Dick Frizzell, Gregory O’Brien, John Walsh and now John Pule. Frizzell’s print One for the Whales continues his recent collaboration with NZ poet Sam Hunt, this time an interpretation of Hunt’s 1970s poem The Harpooner’s Song also known as Too Late Today to Leave, about the reality of life as a whaler in Picton and Cook Strait in the mid 20th Century. It’s a relevant nod to the history of Picton which makes it the appropriate location to educate and promote the future of the whales which migrate past the region each year (with the whalers now counting them for the Dept of Conservation).
O’Brien created Raoul Island Whale Survey with Shipping Containers, Astrolabe Reef, a heavily ironic reference to the danger posed by the recent wreck of the Rena near Tauranga, to the whales migrating through New Zealand waters. The containers underwater are stacked perilously on a slight lean, as the whales rise and fall through the waters, oblivious to the danger.
John Walsh worked in intaglio etching and aquatint for the first time to create He Whanaunga, the most expressive work in the series yet, in the artist’s signature deep blue-greens. The whale rises – or broaches – with water seemingly streaming off its back. An image of hope for the future of the whales.
The latest print in the series is by John Pule, one of our most prominent Pacific-NZ artists. His superb lithograph None but Ourselves was released at the end of March – please enquire for images.