Paul Hartigan

The Plight of Persephone

The Plight of Persephone by Paul Hartigan

Artwork Detail

When an art student Hartigan studied both neon signs and tattooing. In the early 80s he became New Zealand’s foremost artist using neon and continues to execute large public commissions. The medium provides a synthesis of both line and colour with the possibility of the transitory effects of animation and reflection. The pictographic shapes range from the bio-morphic to the primitive as well as cartoon-like doodles. (The Cartoon Show, 2001)

The Plight of Persephone
Paul Hartigan
Production date
neon, tubing, galvanised iron
1500 x 3005 x 200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with assistance from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, 1982
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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