Story: Hotere, Hone Papita Raukura (Ralph)

‘Black window – towards Aramoana’ by Ralph Hotere

‘Black window – towards Aramoana’ by Ralph Hotere

Ralph Hotere painted this work on hardboard placed in a found window frame in 1981, at a time when the community, and Hotere in particular, were concerned about the proposal to build an aluminium smelter at Aramoana, near the entrance to Otago Harbour. The window is black, a frequently used colour in Hotere's work, and in the top left pane can be seen suggestions of letters and words. The simple white cross speaks of spiritual associations. The work reflects characteristic aspects of Hotere's painting: his art has a fine sense of abstract design, but it also has wider social concerns. In his use of black and white, Hotere pays tribute both to his Māori heritage and also to the paintings of Colin McCahon.

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How to cite this page:

Megan Tamati-Quennell. 'Hotere, Hone Papita Raukura (Ralph)', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2019. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)