Thursday, August 24, 2006

'Death of a Moa' - Trevor Lloyd

Now here's a landscape painter with a unique sense of humour: Trevor Lloyd. I've become a fan since seeing this in a recent exhibition, for which this was used as the 'title piece':


The Auckland Art Gallery has a huge collection of his work, much of it available online (just go here and type in Trevor Lloyd).

About 'Death of a Moa' they have this to say:
Made for the enjoyment of his family, this unique fantasy painting is one of Lloyd's most ambitious works. The last giant moa has fallen, its body watched over by a gathering of native birds and patupaiarehe, mythic Maori fairy folk. The cacophony of squawks and cries is almost audible. Lloyd captures the personalities of the various birds: the pukeko, a little stand-offish, looks on inquisitively; the gregarious kea shares the news with a late arrival still in flight; and the kakapo, notoriously shy and retiring, sits on the outer edge of the group. ('Enduring Nature: Hoki Atu Hoki Mai,' 2004)
LINKS: Works by Trevor Lloyd - Auckland City Art Gallery (just type in 'Trevor Lloyd' and hit the 'Search' button)

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