Ian George

 
In Search of a Leader 1999
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 100 cm
"This painting refers to the lack of any charismatic leaders coming to the front. In the least three to four years many of our Pacific leaders have shown they are as corrupt as the rest of the present politicians. So there is a reflective gaze by the top (rt. hand) figure of what is needed - a leader from the past, an ariki. The rest of the images / symbols represent the characteristics of an ariki - a navigator, a warrior, a priest, with a knowledge of their history."
 

 

 

 
Ian George
Born 1952
Cook Islander
 
 
Born in Rotorua, New Zealand of Cook Island descent, George is a prominent painter, carver and educator who has been exhibiting professionally for over twenty years.
“The art I have made over the last twenty or so years has been a personal journey where I have been reclaiming and reaffirming my identity as an artist of Rarotongan descent. I continue the traditions of our ariki and use the painted and sculptured form to tell the histories, spiritual beliefs and experiences of Cook Island Pacific peoples, past, present, future.”

1) In Search of a Leader 1999
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 100 cm
 
2) Tangaroa 2000
New Zealand Pine
400 x 150 x 35 cm
location: Global Arts Link forecourt
 
 
 

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