'Vive Aramoana', pictured at the Carey's Bay Hotel. Inset:
Ralph Hotere. ODT files
A painting by one of New Zealand's most renowned living
artists, Ralph Hotere, has fetched $183,000 at auction.
The painting, Vive Aramoana, was part of a collection of 13
works which had adorned the walls of Carey's Bay Hotel in
Dunedin to go under the hammer at the International Art
Centre in Auckland's Parnell tonight.
The paintings were installed in the hotel between 2001 and
2005 after a $1.6m refurbishment by its owners former
National Business Review publisher Barry Colman and
his late wife Cushla Martini.
Mr Colman allowed the collection to stay at the hotel on loan
after selling the business in 2008.
They were finally removed in August 2009 and installed in the
new National Business Review offices in Auckland.
Mr Colman sold the magazine earlier this year.
The collection covers Hotere's work from 1973 to 1992.
Works include lithographs, a 1989 multimedia work and a 1973
stagework design for a Patric Carey play at the Globe
Vive Aramoana, the collection's flagship piece, was expected
to reach between $140,000 and $160,000.
It was painted as a reaction against a proposed aluminium
smelter in the small town of Aramoana, near Dunedin, as part
of the then-government's Think Big scheme.
Hotere joined other artists and writers as part of the No
International Art Centre director Frances Davies said the
price was "right up there" with the highest prices fetched
for works by a living New Zealand artist.
"Vive Aramoana is a very emotional painting. It was a
political statement against the smelter, it was painted from
the heart. If you stand next to it it's got real energy about
"Hotere stands right in the centre of the New Zealand art
market. He's one of our most important - if not the most -
important New Zealand artists."
Hotere, 81, was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand