One motif. Thirty years of exhaustive exploration. Gordon Walters’ koru series combines a customary Māori symbol with European abstraction in seemingly endless ways.
Walters’ obsession with the koru began early. As a boy, he spent hours exploring the Māori and Pacific works at the Dominion Museum, Te Papa’s predecessor.
For Māori, the koru symbolises new life and has a special place in customary art. Its use by non-Māori artists like Walters has been hotly debated. Even so, this series has found its own special place in the hearts and minds of many New Zealanders.
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Tour schedule and availability
Gordon Walters: Koru is available as a touring art exhibition now.
Mark Kent, Touring Exhibition Manager
Phone: +64 (0)4 381 7259