Te Papa - Colin McCahon - Koru, 1-3, 1965 - Print

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ARTIST: Colin McCahon

In 1965, Colin McCahon was becoming increasingly interested in Maori culture, and exploring the use of numerals as forms and symbols in his art. Here, he combines these two interests, giving the numerals the frond-like forms of the koru – a spiral motif found in Maori art. Like so much of McCahon’s work, Koru, 1, 2, 3 is also underpinned by Christian ideas. The three-part painting refers to the Trinity – God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Other connections are suggested too. The embryo-like forms of the last two panels evoke the beginning of life. The lines that link them hint at a pathway or journey – a recurring image in McCahon’s art.

DIMENSIONS: 1100 mm x 514 mm

See the full collection of Colin McCahon's Prints and Cards HERE