Rita Angus Memorial Drawings

by Michael Smither

Limited edition screenprint on fine art paper

"During my tenure as Francis Hodgkins fellow at Otago University in 1970, Rita Angus died. I decided to take the Central Otago landscape we both enjoyed and introduce it into the cruciform shape as a memorial to her. I made many drawings and at an early stage decided to extend the idea into a series of 12, relating to the Catholic tradition of the Stations of the Cross. Some of the earliest drawings were done on a newsprint pad, including in sequence the numbers 1 to 12. Eventually I abandoned the inclusion of the numbers and completed a series of 12 oil paintings on hardboard cut as crosses. Recently some of these earlier drawings returned to me for restoration in such bad shape I decided to photocopy them and turn the photocopies into screenprints on good paper."

#1 - Edition of 19

#2 - Edition of 23

#3 - Edition of 26

#5 - Edition of 18

280mm x 380mm

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