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Gordon Walters (1919-1995) is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most prominent modernist artists, widely recognised for his hard-edged abstract compositions from the mid 1960s that employed elements of the koru motif.
His career is the subject of a major retrospective exhibition on show at Dunedin Public Art Gallery until April 8 next year.
Green and Pink is one of the most recent acquisitions into the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection, which includes a number of works by Walters including major paintings and studies. It gives a glimpse into how Walter's koru-based abstractions flattened the space between foreground and background and simplified forms down to variations on a circle and rectilinear bar.
As the custodian of the Gordon Walters Estate collection, which was deposited with the gallery on long-term loan in 2014, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery has a unique connection with the career of this artist.
The collection includes many works that have allowed a deeper insight into how Walters' art practice developed, and the important role that the early decades played in a career that extended over five decades.
-Lucy Hammonds is a curator at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.