Gordon’s iconic, and at times controversial, contribution to New Zealand culture is largely due to his synthesis of Māori and European symbols through geometric abstraction.
His investigation of the koru motif began in 1956 and, combined with hard edge modernist abstraction, formed the basis of his life’s work. Although Gordon is best known as a painter, printmaking and design were an integral part of his work.
In 1979 Gordon designed the well known NZ Film Commission logo. He is represented in all major art institutions in New Zealand, in the National Gallery, Canberra, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Mervyn dedicated his life to being both an artist and a communicator; bringing art close to people. He was of a generation that wanted to cast off colonialism and discover a way to see the world and interpret its character from a South Pacific perspective.
Guy Ngan is described as one of New Zealand’s most prolific artists, with many large-scale public artworks located throughout the country.
Judy Darragh’s multi-disciplined and multi-media works have transformed found, recycled, industrial, and domestic materials into new contexts and new meanings. In the process she has transported the imaginations of many New Zealanders and provided them with a new way of seeing.