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drawing, selftaught

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ArtistSusan Te Kahurangi King
Production Datecirca 1975-circa 1980
Mediumpencil, coloured pencil and crayon on paper
Size410 x 500 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date23 Apr 2015
Accession NoC2015/1/10/4
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2015


Susan Te Kahurangi King is the first New Zealand artist to present an exhibition at New York’s American Folk Art Museum (21 January–27 May 2018). This project followed major exhibitions in Sydney, Paris, Miami and London. King has been described as a folk and an outsider artist, terms applied to artists who are have never undertaken art tuition and are therefore self-trained. Despite undertaking no formal training, King’s eloquent drawings are graphically complex and reveal an astonishing skill at communicating visually. The artist’s earlier compositions indicate her wide-ranging knowledge of animated cartoons, such as those produced by Walt Disney for the cinema.

Chartwell Notes

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Exhibition History

Installation Image: 2015, from Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington,


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