Towards a Promised Land: On the Life and Art of Colin McCahon

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9781869404529: Towards a Promised Land: On the Life and Art of Colin McCahon

Presenting viewers with new insight into the meanings of Colin McCahon’s paintings, this biography traces the artist’s life and work, from his student days at King Edward Technical College in Dunedin through learning from Toss Woollaston and on to his adult life working at the Auckland Art Gallery and Elam School of Fine Art. Analyzing key aspects of the paintings the role of the bible, the idea of the promised land, and the use of words and numbers this consideration provides a fresh understanding of the subject, exploring his various studios, his involvement with the theater, and his life at home. Penned by a trusted friend, this narrative draws on a personal relationship and on many years of discussion on the relevance of McCahon's creations, offering a vivid new portrait of New Zealand’s most distinguished artist.

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Gordon Brown is the author of Colin McCahon: Artist and the coauthor of An Introduction to New Zealand Painting, 1839 1967. He is the former Fanny Evans Fellow at the University of Otago, researching Colin McCahon’s life and sorting the McCahon family papers destined for the Hocken Library.


"Generously replete with photos and coloured images of paintings"  —Waikato Times

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