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Artist of the moment…. Shane Cotton….

Shane Cotton was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in the year 1964.  His background is part Maori, so he sometimes expresses his ideas on colonialism, capitalism, and the modern world.

For his artistic education Cotton attended the IIam School of Fine Arts in 1988.

Upon graduation was part of teaching faculty at Massey University.

Was a winner of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. One of the best artist in residence opportunities in New Zealand this award is given to an up and coming artist of the region. Hodgkins was a well known and respected New Zealand artist born in 1869. Below is an example Hodgkin’s painting style. Upon winning this prize Cotton’s work was in high demand.

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Price range information:  The artist has produced screenprints which $1,000 to $1,500.  Original acrylics range $1,000 to $35,000. Lithographs cost $1,000 to $2,000.

In this clip from the National Gallery of Australia a work titled three quarters view is explained. As in his past work Cotton makes us aware of the different ideas that exist at this time from colonialism to Christianity and also the Maori culture which is also part of the artist heritage.

Its important when looking at Cotton’s work to SLOW DOWN! Take it all in and recognize that every object in the painting has meaning. It could be a golden finch (bird) or even some plain text, but his paintings have a deep emotional and cultural feel though it may not be felt at first if you don’t know what the symbols mean, such as the finch.

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