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Floor Talk: Richard Wolfe Discusses the Art of Ray Ching


Thu 11 Nov 2010, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Artis Gallery, 280 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Artis

An author and freelance curator, Richard Wolfe has written over 30 books on New Zealand art, history and popular culture, among them 'New Zealand Portraits', 'Artists @ Work' and 'With Honour: Our Army, Our Nation, Our History'. A personal friend of the artist, Wolfe will discuss Ray Ching’s latest exhibition, Aesop’s Kiwi Fables.

The fables of Aesop have a constant appeal that has kept them popular as book illustration from the fifteenth century, to the present time. From Francis Barlow (1687), Jean Baptiste Oudry (1755), Thomas Bewick (1784), J. J. Grandville (1838), Gustav Doré (1868), to Arthur Rackham (1916), Marc Chagall (1920) and Alexander Calder (1931), the fables have never fallen from view.

Ray Ching has re-worked them yet again, but for the first time their stories are played out in the Antipodes, in the islands of New Zealand. Here, the familiar Fox, Crow, Tortoise and Lion are replaced with their counterparts in Aotearoa; domestic cats must jump to the grapes, tui are smarter than crows, the ancient tuatara is every bit as dogged as the tortoise to win his race in time over an idle possum, and kiwi can be both very smart and very foolish.

Ray Ching was born in New Zealand in 1939. He has worked in studios in Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne and London, and is presently living in the West Country of England. Ten books have been published on his startlingly realistic work in which he has explored a wide range of subjects, but he is best known for his paintings of birds.

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