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Jean Loomis: Paradise Lost


Wed 19 Sep 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 20 Sep 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 21 Sep 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 22 Sep 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 23 Sep 2012, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

Jean Loomis’ connections to this region reach back to when she attended a workshop on Maori art forms at Tikitiki in the 1960s. In the interim she has been based largely in Wellington, though she has lived and travelled widely overseas. Fifteen years ago she and her husband bought a property at Tiniroto, settling there permanently five years ago.

Jean’s most recent exhibition was a series of 12 photographic screen prints entitled Possession shown at Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures in Porirua in 2011. The prints are based on her research into the history of Te Upoko o Te Kuri a Paoa, also known as Young Nicks Head, that is located within the customary lands of Ngai Tâmanuhiri.

Loomis has now created a new set of paintings to accompany thePossession prints. The paintings have been motivated by her concern about the current exploration for oil in Tairâwhiti. She is concerned that if the exploitation of local oil reserves proceeds the natural environment we all value so much will be threatened. The exhibition will also include a moving digital art work called ‘Entitlement’ by Jean’s son Trevor.