Para Matchitt

The Three Carvers

The Three Carvers by Para Matchitt

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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.

Title
The Three Carvers
Artist/creator
Production date
1964
Medium
oil on board
Dimensions
757 x 1510 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010
Accession no
2010/17
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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