Mixed media on board
755 x 605mm
This work is one of the series produced by the artist following his visit to the Sangro River War Cemetery where his brother is buried. From 1961 until 1965 he lived in London, studying at the Central School of Art and Design, London, making an Italian journey in 1963. This early work contains many of the hallmarks of Hotere’s later painting — high contrast between dark and light tonalities, geometric underscoring of imagery, a strong linearity with a tendency towards repetition and the use of stencilled words.
The Sangro series is marked by a generalised mood established through dominant blacks and browns as well as a thickly textured paint application.