Ralph Hotere

Ralph Hotere
Hotere: Ralph
Hames: Jenny
c 1983
Colour photograph

Ralph Hotere (1931–2013)

While some Māori preserved and developed traditional Māori arts and crafts, Ralph Hotere is an outstanding example of those Māori artists who formed a post-war renaissance by seizing on European art forms and creatively wove them into both Māori traditions and perspectives while forging new influential directions for Māori and Pakeha alike. As a school arts advisor, he won a scholarship to London in 1961; the stunning series of work he has produced since returning often reflect political topics and Māori concerns and his work has been exhibited all over the world. Hotere uses materials innovatively, black may be his only colour, his approach may be ironic, but his work is about beauty, religion, spirituality and silence. He was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2011.