Rita Angus Memorial Number III

Michael Smither
SKU: 11564
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Silk screenprint on Archival paper, edition of 26.


370 x 280mm.

About the artwork

During my tenure in 1970, as Francis Hodgkins fellow at Otago University, Rita Angus died. I decided to take the central Otago landscape we both enjoyed & introduce it into the cruciform shape as a memorial to her. I made many drawings and at an early stage decided to extend the idea into a series of 12, relating to the Catholic tradition of the Stations of the Cross. Some of the earliest drawings were done on a newsprint pad, including in sequence the numbers 1 to 12.

Eventually, I abandoned the inclusion of the numbers and completed a series of 12 oil paintings on hardboard cut as crosses. Recently some of these earlier drawings returned to me for restoration in such bad shape I decided to photocopy them and turn the photocopies into screenprints on good paper.

Michael Smither CNZM 2014.


Free of charge within New Zealand.