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Dawson, Hight, Kihara, Leleisi'uao, Paterson / 10 November - 5 December / Exhibition Catalogue / Milford Galleries Dunedin /


  • 10 November - 5 December 2012


    Milford Galleries Dunedin18 Dowling Street (03) 477 7727

    New & Recent Works

  • ANDY LELEISIUAO, Rainbolic Quotidian (2010/12)acrylic on canvas, stretcher: 1013 x 760 x 35 mm 1

    2 ANDY LELEISIUAO, Rainbolic Vivacity (2010/12)acrylic on canvas, stretcher: 1013 x 760 x 35 mm

  • ANDY LELEISIUAO, Assembled Harmony (2009)acrylic on canvas, stretcher: 1013 x 760 x 35 mm 3

    4 ANDY LELEISIUAO, Rainbolic Nimbus (2010/12)acrylic on canvas, stretcher: 1013 x 760 x 35 mm

  • SHIGEYUKI KIHARA, How King Malietoa Forbid Cannibalism (2004)chromogenic print, frame: 837 x 706 x 35 mm, edition of 5 5

    6 SHIGEYUKI KIHARA, Fue Tagata; Ghostly Bodies (2004)chromogenic print, frame: 837 x 706 x 35 mm, edition of 5

  • SHIGEYUKI KIHARA, Ulugalii Samoa; Samoan Couple (2005)chromogenic print, frame: 1045 x 827 x 35 mm, edition of 5

    SHIGEYUKI KIHARA, My Samoan Girl (2005)chromogenic print, frame: 1045 x 827 x 35 mm, edition of 5 7


  • REUBEN PATERSON, Button Down (2012)glitter & synthetic polymer on canvas, stretcher ( x d): 1504 x 38 mm 9

    10 REUBEN PATERSON, Ginger Beer (2011)glitter & synthetic polymer on canvas, stretcher: 1500 x 1500 x 37 mm

  • REUBEN PATERSON, Owharoa (2010)glitter & synthetic polymer on canvas, stretcher: 1525 x 1220 x 35 mm11

    12 REUBEN PATERSON, This is My Bed (2012)glitter & synthetic polymer on canvas, stretcher: 844 x 711 x 35 mm

  • MICHAEL HIGHT, Mount Pisa (2012)oil on linen, stretcher: 608 x 1370 x 33 mm13

    14 MICHAEL HIGHT, Taramakau River (2012)oil on linen, stretcher: 1525 x 1980 x 33 mm

  • MICHAEL HIGHT, Mataura River (2012)oil on linen, stretcher: 608 x 1370 x 33 mm15

    16 MICHAEL HIGHT, Coronet Peak (2011)oil on linen, stretcher: 760 x 1220 x 33 mm

  • NEIL DAWSON, Vortex 4 (2012)painted steel, size ( x d): 1350 x 270 mm17

  • NEIL DAWSON, Wings (2012)diptych; painted steel, total size when installed: 765 x 1380 x 105 mm18

  • Michael Hights Taramakau River portrays a land that may appear empty at first glance, but

    whose richness is revealed in the nuances of his brushwork, the strength of his composition

    and the subtleties of his conversation about the very nature of the land and our relationship

    to it. Power poles follow the natural lines of the gorge, acting as visual signposts for the eye to

    rest upon. The sharp lines and regular geometry of the hives are obviously at odds with the

    weathered mountain tops, soft bush outlines and meandering river shingle, yet do not seem

    out of place due to Hights use of tones that mimic the natural surroundings.

    The silhouetted profiles seen in Andy Leleisiuaos Rainbolic paintings create cavernous

    mindscapes inhabited by creatures that are borne of dreams or nightmares. Each painting is

    linked by common motifs of horned and winged beings, rainbow speckles and glowing red

    hearts, creating a powerful and complex narrative stream for Leleisiuaos invented world.

    Reminiscent of rock drawings, hieroglyphs and shadow-paintings, the universality of his forms

    tap into our own humanity and the histories that underlie it.

    As well as winning the 2012 Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award, Shigeyuki Kihara was

    awarded a Next Generation Award by the New Zealand Arts Foundation in October. The

    works on display in this exhibition are from two bodies of work produced in 2004-5: Vavau:

    Tales of Ancient Samoa and Faa Fafine: In a Manner of a Woman. Kiharas self-portraits

    confront the viewer with issues of the colonial and post-colonial gaze, gender identities and

    European constructs of the other.

    Over the past decade, Reuben Paterson has firmly established himself as one of New

    Zealands most exciting contemporary artists. He uses his glitter paintings to examine ideas of

    self-identity, ways of seeing and the social fabrics found in New Zealand. As well as

    addressing historical and contemporary issues surrounding land use, Owharoa suggests the

    role of water as a cleansing medium in Maori cultural practices. The waterfall itself is from the

    Karangahake Gorge, part of the rohe (land, region) specific to Patersons iwi. His textile-

    patterned works are inspired in part by fabrics worn by his mother and grandmother; Paterson

    states that the patterns and fabrics represent our genealogy (1) and as such views them as

    much a part of his whakapapa as the kowhaiwhai patterns and carvings from his fathers


    Neil Dawson is one of New Zealands most successful sculptors on both the national and

    international stage. He tricks the viewers eyes into seeing smooth, swirling curves where there

    exist straight lines and multiple angles. His precise use of fractal images in the Vortex works

    draws the gaze over and again into the centre of the work, the illusion of movement

    enhanced by the curvature of the sculptures surface. The smaller Swirls reverse this effect as

    the motifs expand out from a singular starting point.

    1. Dan Chappell, Diamond Dust and Ancestral Stories, Art News, Spring 2011, Vol 31 #3, pp 74-77

  • All prices are NZD and include GST; Prices are current at the time of the exhibition

    E X H I B I T I O N P R I C E L I S T


    1 Rainbolic Quotidian (2010/12) 4,500

    2 Rainbolic Vivacity (2010/12) 4,500

    3 Assembled Harmony (2009) 4,500

    4 Rainbolic Nimbus (2010/12) 4,500


    5 How King Malietoa Forbid Cannibalism (2004), ed of 5 4,050

    6 Fue Tagata; Ghostly Bodies (2004), ed of 5 4,050

    7 My Samoan Girl (2005), ed of 5 4,350

    8 Ulugali'i Samoa; Samoan Couple (2005), ed of 5 4,350


    9 Button Down (2012) 18,000

    10 Ginger Beer (2011) 17,500

    11 Owharoa (2010) 12,500

    12 This is My Bed (2012) 9,500


    13 Mount Pisa (2012) 15,000

    14 Taramakau River (2012) 40,000

    15 Mataura River (2012) 15,000

    16 Coronet Peak (2011) 15,000


    17 Vortex 4 (2012) 32,500

    18 Wings (2012) 16,500