Transformation: The Val Raymond Legacy Art Exhibition

The late Val Raymond drawing on a marae in Taupo district in 1991.

Last day Monday, March 28, 2022 at the Taupo Museum & Art Gallery

History will likely describe the late Val Raymond as an ethical artist. His earlier work was known for portraiture and landscapes. Generous to the end, she gratefully offered most of her Maori Kuia portraits to the women who posed for her in the 1950s and 1960s. otherwise,” she explained.

Her oil and water landscapes sold well throughout New Zealand and overseas, but the turning point in her artistic career was when she became a full-time professional artist in the mid-1980s. 1980s. She then had the time and the desire to refine her painting techniques, especially with watercolors. Critically, the purpose of his compositions and painting techniques changed dramatically. His “abstract expressions” allow him to combine subjects previously treated separately. For example landscape and caption; New Zealand birds, history and art.

Val Raymond, conservationist and conservationist, has been relentlessly focused on capturing the heritage and spirit of his beloved Lake Taupo home in the central North Island – including its legends, history and traditions. arts Ngati Tuwharetoa.

She worked closely with Paramount Chief Sir Tumu Te Heuheu and his family, to gain accompanied access in 1990 to the research and drawing of the 23 Ngati Tuwharetoa Marae. Twenty years later, she was again granted escorted access to research and paint the 10 Ngati Tuwharetoa Marae churches.

After these two unique collections were completed and displayed publicly, Val Raymond gifted them to the Ngati Tuwharetoa people. “That’s where they belong,” she said. After her death in 2021, she was aptly described as:

“A quiet activist who helped bridge New Zealand’s cultural divide.”

Don’t miss this extraordinary heritage exhibition of drawings and paintings by Val Raymond. Most of the exhibited works come from his own private collection and the private collections of his children. Some have never been seen publicly before and are unlikely to be exhibited together again.

9 of the 64 paintings from his highly acclaimed “Millennium 2000 – A Celebration of Feather and Fiber” exhibit can be found in this TRANSFORMATION Legacy exhibit. Val Raymond called his thought-provoking Millenium 2000 collection the pinnacle of his artistic career. She described these 64 abstract expressions as my “New Zealand Heritage Paintings”.

All his paintings and books including Ngati Tuwharetoa Heritage and Arts were blessed by Ngati Tuwharetoa Kamatua supported by Paramount Chief Ariki Sir Tumu Te Heuheu.

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