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LIMITED EDITION LITHOGRAPH on conservation paper depicting Moko Mokai .

Clearly signed Shane Cotton and dated 2004 bottom right.

Artwork only 560 x 760mm.
Professionally framed by John Leech Framers, Auckland 760 x 950.

Excellent condition.

Numbered 8/40 bottom left and titled Veil in work bottom middle.

Shane's subject matter depicts heads from Major-General Horatio Robley's collection. He is re presenting the Moko Mokai in a deliberately confusing cultural and practical numeric context.

He wants the viewer to think beyond the veil drawn whether by myth or religion or Colonial effects. "I am alluding to the possibilities"

As an admirer of Ed Rusha,an American pop artist interested in grids Shane says "Its the concept you register, the practice.....comes after"

There is a mythical Western emblematic creature, a gateway figure, also an infant's head to be reflected on here, alongside the tragic Moko Mokai. He has juxtaposed life and death, threat and hope.

Shane Cotton, ONZM is a major New Zealand painter. He was born in Lower Hutt with Ngapuhi iwi affiliations. Cotton studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1988 and then went on to gain a Diploma of Education from Christchurch College of Education. Lectured at Massey Uni in the Maori Visual Arts Program until 2005 when he left to concentrate on his art practice full-time.

Cotton was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1998. In 2008 he received a Laureate Award. Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the visual arts in 2012. His work is highly sought after. Seppelt Contemporary Art Award from Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been exhibited at many leading galleries in Australia and NZ, as well as in Spain and Prague. He was the NZ representative in the 2005 Prague Biennale and his work was included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010. In 2015 Cotton was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to make a print to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.
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