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Ray Ching: Aesop's Outback Fables


Tue 15 May 2018, 9:30am–5:30pm
Wed 16 May 2018, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 17 May 2018, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 18 May 2018, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 19 May 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: ArtisGallery

'Aesop's Outback Fables' is the third edition in the anthology of works by renowned artist Ray Ching.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Ray Ching has lived in the UK for many years, where he has established himself as one of the world’s foremost wildlife artists. His early reputation, built on the realistic paintings of New Zealand birds, quickly spread to England, where he was commissioned to prepare 250 illustrations for The Readers Digest Book of British Birds. The book was published in 1969 and went on to become the best-selling ornithological field guide ever.

Since then Ching has exhibited in many countries and the numerous books of his works have become collectors’ items in their own right. Along with his better-known paintings of birds and other wildlife, his portraits are also highly acclaimed and are in private collections around the world.

More recently, Ching has combined his artistic work with his love of stories and fables. In 2012 ‘Aesop’s Kiwi Fables’ was published and in 2014 ‘Dawn Chorus: The Legendry Voyage to New Zealand of Aesop, the Fabled Teller of Fables’.

These two books and accompanying exhibitions placed the fables in a New Zealand context, using paintings of native birds and New Zealand landscapes to illustrate the stories.

Ching’s latest book, ‘Aesop’s Outback Fables’, is a limited edition book published by ARTIS Gallery, relating to the animals and birds of Australia. It is the perfect complement to the major exhibition of the same name, opening at ARTIS Gallery on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

Many of Aesop’s fables, with their simple stories and wry humour, have seeped into the very fabric of our language - and from New Zealand it has been just a short hop across the Tasman to recast the stories in Australia. Ching captures in exquisite detail the spirit and simplicity of Aesop’s moral messages, supported by his handwritten interpretations.

Ray Ching, 'Aesop’s Outback Fables', 1- 20 May at ARTIS Gallery, 280 Parnell Road, Auckland.

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