Aigantighe Art Gallery

  Rua Pick: Te Whare o Anupihi

 Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru , New Zealand

 5 Dec 2008 – 1 March 2009

Rua Pick was born on Moturua Island in the Bay of Islands into an artistic family. His father Beresford is a potter and his mother Helen and sister Seraphine are both painters. Rua traveled to Europe in 1988 and visiting The Prado Museum in Madrid and Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres, Spain were pivotal experiences for him. In 1992 Rua completed a year at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts and his studio at Toko Mata Gallery is in Christchurch. 

This selection of artworks is a tribute to the Waitaha nga hoanga tuhituhi (rock drawings and paintings) that adorn the limestone caves and shelters throughout the South Island of New Zealand.Rua states: I have visited many of the old stone places admiring the beautiful minds of the Nga Kai Tuhituhi (Scribes).  Timeless creations were written on stone so long ago, they still speak to us across time and space, singing of the past, present and future like the bright stars above.This journey into the world of the Nga Kai Tuhituhi has guided me towards a deeper understanding of sky, land and sea.  These artworks are a tribute to the Tüäpapa  (Foundation) of this sacred land, honouring the tree and its many branches that have grown from those foundations, acknowledging the past to empower the future.This exhibition also explores the links among different cultures and rock drawings around the world and the most recent works on hessian panels reflect the earthy tones and texture of the South Island’s limestone caves.Tënä Koe Rangi Ao

Koropiko Kawei ika Moana

Arohanui ngä Ahorangi

Ko a matau mihi ki te Aigantighe Gallery mo a rätau awhina

Rongo Aio katoaGreetings to the Heavens, homage to Waitaha, much love to my many teachers, many thanks to the Aigantighe Gallery staff, peacefulness to all.Explore the Aigantighe Art Gallery’s collection