Para Matchitt

The Three Carvers

The Three Carvers by Para Matchitt

Artwork Detail

The Three Carvers explores what might lie beyond the boundaries of Māori society. It works to transform the vision for Māori art by illustrating the continuity of a carving tradition.

In this bird’s-eye view three carvers are poised over exposed logs with chisels and mallets in hand, ready to strike wood. While carving is an individual skill, in a community master carvers provide opportunities for apprentices to watch and work alongside them. Of the changes occurring in Māori art during the 1960s,

Matchitt observed:

The modern Māori is not identical with his ancestors. It would be strange if the way he expresses himself did not show evidence of this.

The Three Carvers
Para Matchitt
Production date
oil on board
757 x 1510 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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