Titirangi

Titirangi, 1956-7, oil on canvas and board, 950 x 1485 mm. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, courtesy McCahon Research and Publication Trust. 

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Karen Walker at her secret bay of greenness, light and water. Image by Valery Gherman

Karen Walker

Karen Walker is the designer behind her eponymous label which is known globally for its signature optimism, energy and chic-meets-eccentric handwriting.  A long-time collector, her creative inspiration often stems from the arts. 

For years I’ve had a recurring dream: a tiny, quiet bay, pōhutukawa branches skimming the water’s surface, the sea glistening between the leaves, the leaves reflecting back off the sea in perfect reciprocity, dappled sunlight and a million shades of green with just the slightest blue flickering from above.  
 
The dream is slightly different each time but it’s unmistakably the same bay and each time there’s a feeling of extreme surprise: each time is the first time and I can’t believe my luck that I’ve come across this unknown paradise right here in my city; close, available and yet, somehow, unheard of and here it is now, within my grasp.  It’s a feeling of wonder, of surprise, of an unsavoury desire to possess and keep secret. It’s a feeling of gratitude and greed and fear it’ll slip through my grasp. Mostly though, it’s a feeling of awe that there’s something this lovely and calm and, above all, green.  
 
Last spring I found this spot in my city. I’ve been lucky enough to have it come into my life in a permanent, mere-steps-from-the-back-door, kind of way. I feel astonishment every time I’m there that such a place, literally the place of my dreams, exists and is within my reach at any time. I lie under the pōhutukawa looking at the play of light bouncing up from the water onto their leaves, catching glimpses of the sky through their foliage. I watch the water and the ever-rippling, green reflection upon it as it plays hide-and-seek amongst the foliage. I watch it all with squinted eyes, letting the scene deconstruct, pixilate and abstract and I meditate upon it all. 
 
When I stand before Titirangi I’m taken to the same place; a place of pixilated leaves through squinted eyes, the play of water appearing and disappearing between them. For McCahon they’re kauri, of course. There are no kauri in my secret bay, but the effect’s the same:  greenness, light and water – a blissful trio which I’ve spent my life connected to and in search of. 

CONNECTING CULTURAL LEGACY WITH CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

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Bridget Riggir-Cuddy
The House Protects the Dreamer
Naomi McCleary
Kauri
Séraphine Pick
Northland Panels
Brian Sweeney
View from the top of the cliff
Rudi Fuchs
North Otago Landscape
Rex Butler
I Considered All the Acts of Oppression
Donna McDonald
The Fourteen Stations of the Cross
Harold Jones
Muriwai no.7
Ted Spring
On Building Bridges
Areez Katki
The Three Marys at the Tomb
Rosanna Raymond
Jet Out
Rufus Knight
Waterfall
Megan Tamati-Quennell
Black Landscape
Nick Mitzevich
Victory over Death 2
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Victory over Death 2
The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy
Gate III
Grant Banbury
I Paul
Sir Bob Harvey
Dark Landscape
Young Old Girls (Christchurch Girls’ High)
North Otago Landscape 19
Sophie Bannan
Van Gogh - poems by John Caselberg
Linda Tyler
Urewera Triptych
Emily Karaka
Tangi. Muriwai
Robert Gardiner
Are there not twelve hours of daylight
Thomas Crow
Are there not twelve hours of daylight
Jude Rae
Victory over death 2
Brent Harris
The Family
Cora-Allan Wickliffe
15 Drawings Dec '51 to May '52
Salome Tanuvasa
Landscape
Yona Lee
Landscape theme and variations (series B)
David Kirk
Kaipara
Priscilla Pitts
Fourteen Stations of the Cross
Ruth Watson
This day a man is
Tessa Laird
Keep New Zealand Green
Nell
East window
Nicola Farquhar
Kauri trees
Hon Grant Robertson
Otago Peninsula
Jane Macknight
Untitled (North Otago Landscape)
Karen Walker
Titirangi
Wystan Curnow
The Green Plain
Philip Clarke
Necessary Protection (IHS)
Mary Kisler
A candle in a dark room
Ayesha Green
I AM
Matthew O'Reilly
Muriwai
Bettina Bradbury and Kararaina Rangihau
A poster for the Urewera no. 2
Al Keating
A Grain of wheat
Cushla Dillon
Entombment (after Titian)
Hamish Coney
Here I give thanks to Mondrian
Stephen Wainwright
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into the pure land
Sue Gardiner
Landscape theme and variations (series A)
Robert Leonard
Numerals
Judy Darragh
Clouds 1
John Coley
AS THERE IS A CONSTANT FLOW OF LIGHT WE ARE BORN INTO THE PURE LAND
Shannon Te Ao
Ka pōraruraru ahau. I am troubled.
Helen Beaglehole
GATE III
Ralph Paine
Jump E9
Judy Millar
Muriwai: Necessary Protection
Fiona Pardington
Waterfall
C.K. Stead
All mortals are like grass
Gretchen Albrecht
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into the pure land
Martin Edmond
Cross (1959)
Lisa Reihana
Urewera mural
Peter Simpson
Jet out to Te Reinga
Christina Barton
Gate III
Dame Jenny Gibbs
I Considered All the Acts of Oppression
Zoe Black
Ruby Bay
Jim Barr and Mary Barr
Oaia and clouds
Vivienne Stone
Tomorrow will be the same but not as this is
Kate Sylvester
Northland Panels