Ralph Hotere

A DigitalNZ Story by Sienna Latham

One of New Zealand's best known and most decorated artists, Hone Papita Raukura Hotere's life and work span the country, from Mitimiti to Port Chalmers, embracing minimalism and poetry and pop art and, well, humanity. This selection of paintings, sketches, murals and working drawings hints at Hotere's breadth of vision and range of influences. I've tried to be faithful to his strong themes and stylistic changes by grouping related works together — like the incredible series he did for Hone Tuwhare's 'Sapwood & Milk' — but do yourself a favor and look at all of them, and marvel: http://www.digitalnz.org/records?tab=images&text=ralph+hotere&view=gallery

Comet over Mt Taranaki and Parihaka

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Black phoenix

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Black Cerulean

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Yellow Triptych

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Dawn water poem

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Black painting

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

VOID

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Black painting.

University of Otago

Black painting: Orange/Blue/Indigo

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Black painting: Purple/Yellow/Indigo

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Black Painting

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Aurora

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Aurora Koputai

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Aramoana

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Vive Aramoana

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Seasons, Part I and II

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Black Window - Towards Aramoana

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Black window, Port Chalmers.

University of Otago

Lo negro sobre lo oro

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Lo negro sobre lo oro

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Window in Spain, Madrid

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The mark of the bull (from the series 'Windows in Spain')

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Les saintes maries de la mer (Black rainbow)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Les Saintes Maries de la mer

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Les Saintes Maries de la mer

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

T

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Song Cycle

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Song

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Ralph Hotere 1978

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

No. 8

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Red on white

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Red Square

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Untitled

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Sun - love poem 2.

University of Otago

Working drawing for Malady.

University of Otago

Working drawing for Malady.

University of Otago

Working drawing for Malady.

University of Otago

Working drawing for Malady.

University of Otago

Drawing for O.E. Middleton

University of Otago

Drawing for O.E. Middleton

University of Otago

Drawing for O.E. Middleton

University of Otago

Oputai. 25/27.

University of Otago

Ralph Hotere (Godwit/Kuaka Mural)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Godwit/Kuaka

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

For Hone Tuwhare

University of Otago

For Hone Tuwhare

University of Otago

For Hone Tuwhare

University of Otago

For Hone Tuwhare

University of Otago

For Hone Tuwhare

University of Otago

For Hone Tuwhare

University of Otago

Te tangi o te pipiwharauroa.

University of Otago

Drawing for Requiem Series.

University of Otago

Drawing 1.

University of Otago

Drawing 2.

University of Otago