The Picasso Woman


The Picasso Woman

- Acrylic on Canvas, 75 x 50cm

"I always admired the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, and realise that he also appropriated Maori art concepts. My art teacher in the 1960's was a man called Sam Cairncross, who lived in Paris for a while and used to mingle with Picasso and other great European artists who met regularly in Montmartre in Paris".


Through fusion of culture Maori are now part of the international world. The Picasso Woman is a Maori woman living in this world with her two children. They are surrounded by contemporary Maori images of guardians, and a history that goes back to the beginning of time. The inspiration for this work came from Nicholas's daughter and her two children, who have an ever increasing distance between them and their ancestors.