Young Man, I say to you Arise. ; Colin McCahon; 86/10


Te Manawa


Young Man, I say to you Arise.

About this object

In his prolific output of work McCahon explored aspects of Christianity, using numerology and text from the bible, poetry and Te Reo among other things. McCahon asked many questions about the identity of our young country. He was especially concerned with spirituality and the faith we have, or lack thereof, in each other


Colin McCahon

Medium and Materials

Conte and wash on paper

Place Made

Auckland, New Zealand

Inscription and Marks

Signed and dated lower right "Colin McCahon Sept 20' 69". On verso within a circle at top, and at bottom, 'Gordon H Brown'


H 1620 W 554mm

Subject and Association Description

This work was originally given as a gift to Gordon H Brown in September 1969 by Mc Cahon for his input concerning this series of work. Brown chose which work he wanted from the series, before it was exhibited at Barry Lett Gallery. In this exhibition "almost 100 works on paper that were installed edge to edge in the gallery to create an almost hypnotic space. The 'oriental scroll' nature of the narrow panels is heightened by their exquisite texts derived from sources as varied as the work of the two poets from who the above texts were borrowed: John Caselberg (Van Gogh III) and Matire Kereamea (The tail of the Fish) as well as Peter Hooper (Notes in the margin) and the 'New English Bible'." [In New Zealand Modernism – In context: Paintings from the Gibbs Collection. Ed James Ross.Pp 88] It was later purchased by The Manawatu Art Gallery from Brown.

Named Collection

Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.

Credit Line

1986. Reproduced courtesy of The Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

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