Ralph Hotere

Ralph Hotere

Ralph Hotere (1931- 2013) was born in the Hokianga but studied art in Dunedin, having his first one-man show there in 1952. From 1960 for almost five years Hotere travelled around Europe, studying and exhibiting paintings which included the Sangro series, a tribute to his brother, a member of the Maori Battalion who had been killed in Italy. After returning to New Zealand, and winning the 1969 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, Ralph Hotere settled at Carey's Bay near Dunedin. Hotere's works have included not only oils on canvas, but steel, hardboard and roofing iron; and his tools range from brushes to blowtorches to fine gold leaf.

We have had prints of the Ralph Hotere paintings Dawn/Water Poem and Black Painting XV available until relatively recently, however these prints are no longer available as the print runs have completely sold out and the respective publishers are not re-printing (we are not sure why, could be that gaining copyright clearance is a bit more complicated following the artist's death).

If you like fine New Zealand artists like Ralph Hotere, please do check out our New Zealand Art History Gallery.