Ralph Hotere, like McCahon, will always be regarded as one of New Zealand's most significant and iconic artists. He continually pushed the boundaries of artistic endeavour, used art to challenge political thinking and created works of beauty out of black. Black is not normally regarded as a colour by artists but with Hotere it gained vibrancy and significance as a colour and a means of expression.
Here in the Deep South we have a many examples of Hotere's work to remember him by, both at the Anderson Park Art Gallery (where I am on the governing committee) and at the Eastern Southland Gallery where they have a significant collection of 60 of his graphic works and paintings.
"Window in Spain"
One of several works by Hotere in the Anderson Park Collection.