Towards a Promised Land: On the Life and Art of Colin McCahon

Author(s): Gordon H. Brown

Fine Art

"Once the painter was making signs and symbols for people to live by," Colin McCahon wrote, "now he makes things to hang on walls at exhibitions." Filling his paintings with kauri and cliffs, the candle and the T, McCahon sought to develop signs and symbols for our modern world. In this book, leading McCahon scholar Gordon H. Brown presents viewers with new insight into the meanings of Colin McCahon's paintings. Tracing McCahon's life and work, from his student days at King Edward Technical College in Dunedin, through learning from Toss Woollaston, and on to his adult life working at the Auckland Art Gallery and at the Elam art school, Brown analyses key aspects of the paintings: the role of the bible, the idea of the promised land, the use of words and numbers. Brown gives us fresh insight into McCahon the man, leading us into McCahon's various studios, his involvement with the theatre, and his life at home. A trusted friend of Colin McCahon from 1952 until the artist's death in 1987, Gordon Brown draws on that personal relationship and on many years writing, thinking and talking about the meanings of McCahon's paintings to offer a vivid new portrait of our most distinguished artist. First published March 2010. Hardback 216pp h248mm x w200mm x s25mm 1021g colour illustrations


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General Fields

  • : 9781869404529
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : January 2010
  • : 248mm X 200mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gordon H. Brown
  • : Hardback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : 759.993
  • : very good
  • : 216
  • : colour illustrations