Oil on board
910 x 910mm
From 1968 Hotere was concerned with black paintings in which formal reduction took on a minimalist approach much influenced, as Hotere acknowledged, by the work of American painter Ad Reinhardt. In these works thin lines in cruciform shape or in circles of colour floated above a highly finished lacquered surface which was buffed to such an extent that it seemed to shimmer as the viewer moved across the field of vision.
Representation and Reaction: Modernism and the New Zealand Landscape Tradition 1956–1977, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui, 31 August to 27 October 2002 (toured)