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ArtistSusan Te Kahurangi King
Production Datecirca 1975-circa 1980
Mediumpencil, coloured pencil, crayon and ebony pencil on paper
Size235 x 260 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date23 Apr 2015
Accession NoC2015/1/10/2
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2015


Susan Te Kahurangi King is a prolific New Zealand artist whose drawings have been exhibited internationally. Although King has not spoken since she was aged eight, she has communicated her vision with thousands of drawings created since the 1950s. In this work, bathers with hooded eyes are overshadowed by masked and claw-footed humanoids who float rather ominously above them. Such graphic drama is a characteristic of King’s drawings, in which surprising, sinister and delightful imagery are often mixed together in unexpected ways.


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