Sacred Land Collection

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This show gives visitors a unique opportunity to view 2016/2017 works by 88 year old established artist, Daphne Mason, whose career spans over 50 years. Drawn from her Compositions series, begun in 2013, these are highly structured and rigorous works in which Daphne challenges herself through the juxtaposition of colour and form.

The title of the exhibition refers to Daphne’s sense of responsibility as guardian or steward of her conservation block north of Auckland, in the face of rapidly encroaching land development in the area. In the 70’s, the late Ngati Maniapoto leader Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones JP OBE, a friend of her husband’s, suggested the name “Whenuakura” (sacred or red land) for the block Daphne had recently acquired. It is this land, & its birdlife, threatened yet still protected, that inhabits these works.

composition 53 (1024x1024)
Composition 53.2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas, 46 x 46cm

 

Composition 58 (1024x1019)
Composition 58. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,76 x 76cm

 

Composition 52 (1019x1024)
Composition 52. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,76 x 76cm

 

composition 60 (1004x1024)
Composition 60. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,46 x 46cm

 

 

composition 49 (1012x1024)
Composition 49. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,46 x 46cm

 

 

composition 59 (1016x1024) (2)
Composition 59. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,76 x 76cm

 

 

composition 54 (1019x1024)
Composition 54. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,76 x 76cm

 

 

Composition 64 (1024x1019)
Composition 64. 2017. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,76 x 76cm

 

 

composition 48 Red Hand
Composition 48. 2015. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas,76 x 76cm

 

 

composition 46
Composition 46. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas, 76 x 76cm

 

 

Composition 62 (1005x1024)
Composition 62. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas, 46 x 46cm

 

 

 

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Composition 61. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas, 76 x 76cm.        Private Collection

 

 

 

Composition 57 (1024x1017)
Composition 57. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas, 76 x 76cm

 

 

 

composition 51 (1024x1021)
Composition 51. 2016. Daphne Mason. Oil on canvas, 46 x 46cm
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