Colin McCahon

The care of small birds: Muriwai

The care of small birds: Muriwai by Colin McCahon

Artwork Detail

Gannets swarm above the pillar of rock that is Motutara Island, while two strings of rosary beads hang above a shifting horizon. Colin McCahon painted in series, building bodies of work around the big themes of life and death, time and loss, history

and place. The Care Of Small Birds: Muriwai, exhibited in Necessary Protection (1977), explores the young gannet’s leap of faith and first flight from the top of the Muriwai cliffs.

The care of small birds: Muriwai
Colin McCahon
Production date
synthetic polymer paint on unstretched jute canvas
1730 x 925 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1985
Accession no
Other ID
cm000274 Catalogue Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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