He Pihi: The Shoots ; John Bevan Ford; 1989; 89/12


Te Manawa


He Pihi: The Shoots

About this object

"The He Pihi series, in which this work can be placed, “asserts the complementary nature of sky and earth, providing an interplay of opposite and contrasting peaks and curves. Generative energies of the earth are echoed as generative energies of the sky. A white area with its own flowing depth and breadth divides the earth and sky.” (Judith Dell Panny, John Bevan Ford Paintings (Auckland: David Bateman, 2004), 32.)"


John Bevan Ford

Maker Role


Date Made


Medium and Materials

Coloured inks on paper

Place Made

New Zealand

Inscription and Marks

Verso lower left "He Pihi"


H 550 x W 755mm

Subject and Association Description

"Geographical features, including the cleft of the Manawatū Gorge and the peak of Te Ahu a Tūranga, visible from the windows of John’s studio, are given form [He pihi - the shoots] by surface patterns derived from traditional carving. Tāniko patterns, extracted from the hand woven borders of cloaks, float in front of some of these forms. (from exhibition text for ""He aho Tangata- The human Thread", a retrospective exhibition of thw works of John Bevan Ford)"

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.

Credit Line

Purchased, 1989. Image courtesy of the family of the artist and Te Manawa Museums Trust

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