BINNEY, Don;

Te Henga from Man’s Head III

1971
Oil on canvas
1370 x 1670mm

Damian Skinner has observed, ‘Binney’s work also partakes in a more contemporary expression of Pākehā identity, built up through careful relationship to the natural world, and its conceptual framing within Māori knowledge systems. This might be too grand a claim, but Binney’s work is careful to label birds, and later landscapes in many instances, with their Māori names. … It is Te Henga, not Bethells Beach, to which Binney pledges his attention.’[1]

 

[1] Damian Skinner, Don Binney: Ngā Manu/Ngā Motu – Birds/Islands (Tāmaki Makaurau: Auckland University Press, 2003), 12.

Illustrated

Damian Skinner, Don Binney: Ngā Manu/Ngā Motu – Birds/Islands (Tāmaki Makaurau: Auckland University Press, 2003), plate 38.

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