He Pihi: The Shoots ; John Bevan Ford; 1989; 89/12
He Pihi: The Shoots
"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.)"
1989Medium and Materials
Coloured inks on paper
Verso lower left "He Pihi"
H 550 x W 755mmSubject 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)"
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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