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,
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
- 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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