BAXTER 'Song of the Years' 'He gave me a white stone to bear with my true name written there'

Colin Gibbs
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This painting is part of a series which are inspired by James K. Baxter’s poem, 'Song of the Years'. It visually reinterprets the essence of the poem, including the sense of ultimate struggle for truth and humanity, futility, grief, grievance, and despair; other times a celebration of joy, love, worship and uplifting hope in God.

Colin Gibbs was born in Whanganui. He spent his childhood in the shadows of the Parapara, and alongside the Whanganui River. Colin specialised in art at Palmerston North Teachers’ College from 1968–1969 under the tuition of Frank Davis and Ray Thorburn. He has worked as an art teacher, primary teacher and university professor.

During earlier years, Colin completed paintings that presented social and political messages—appropriate in times when issues such as Maori land claims were surfacing and New Zealand became involved in the Vietnam War. His more recent work explores biculturalism, relationships with our land, and social commentary.
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Oil on paper
865 x 665 x 35mm Frame
610 x 447mm Image
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Barry Hopkins Art Trust, Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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