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A Continuous Line: The Art of Dennis K. Turner


Wed 4 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 5 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 6 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 7 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 8 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Museum Entry: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Rotorua Museum

Over sixty works by expat New Zealand artist Dennis K. Turner (1924-2011) take centre stage at Rotorua Museum from 29 March 2014. This is the first large scale survey exhibition of the artist’s work and has been curated by renowned art historian Richard Wolfe.

An accomplished painter and illustrator, Turner was fascinated by subjects that described the experience of living in New Zealand. He illustrated ‘kiwi bloke’ Barry Crump’s books, made murals for the trade unions, celebrated Maori culture and traditions and depicted the colourful life of the shearing gang. His collected works will delight gallery visitors and demonstrate what it meant to be a kiwi artist in the mid-twentieth century.

As a conscientious objector during World War II, Turner showed early on that he was a renegade describing himself as an “unrepentant New Zealander”. This was again illustrated in 1951 when he became the only New Zealand artist to have ever been arrested and convicted for painting on a Sunday.

In the 1960s Turner immigrated to the United Kingdom in order to make a living from his art. He returned briefly in 1992 to Wanganui to undertake the Sarjeant Gallery, Tylee Cottage Residency. As a result he produced one of his last major bodies of work called the Tiki Series. Made up of over 50 watercolour works on paper these paintings re-ignited the debate over issues of cultural appropriation and cemented Turner’s place as a significant New Zealand artist.

A Continuous Line features twelve works from the Rotorua Museum collection which hold over fifty examples of paintings and drawings by Turner.

A Continuous Line: The Art of Dennis K. Turner is being toured by the Gus Fisher Gallery at The University of Auckland.

The exhibition is on at Rotorua Museum from 29 March to 8 June 2014. Entry is included with Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18 and children $8. Entry for Rotorua residents is free with appropriate ID.

Image credits: Dennis K. Turner. The Fleece No.1, 1960. Rotorua Museum. Courtesy of Sam Hartnett

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