Rita Angus Memorial Drawing No.5
280 × 380 mm
“During my tenure in 1970, as Francis Hodgkins fellow at Otago University, Rita Angus died. I decided to take the central Otago landscape we both enjoyed & introduce it into the cruciform shape as a memorial to her.
I made many drawings and at an early stage decided to extend the idea into a series of 12, relating to the Catholic tradition of the Stations of the Cross.
Some of the earliest drawings were done on a newsprint pad, including in sequence the numbers 1 to 12.
Eventually I abandoned the inclusion of the numbers and completed a series of 12 oil paintings on hardboard cut as crosses.
Recently some of these earlier drawings returned to me for restoration in such bad shape I decided to photocopy them and turn the photocopies into screenprints on good paper.”
- Michael Smither
“Michael Smither was made a CNZM in 2004 for his services to art. It is important to acknowledge and celebrate the work and achievement of this New Zealand artist who shows us so much of where we come from and of what shapes us.”
- Helen Clark, former Prime Minister & Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage