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A painting by New Zealand artist Ralph Hōtere.

‘And Death Wears the Colours of a Peacock’ by Ralph Hōtere, 1985 (Parliamentary Collection).

26 February 2013

Hōtere artworks in Parliamentary Collection

Renowned New Zealand artist Ralph Hōtere died last Sunday 24 February aged 81.

Ralph Hōtere’s work is represented in major public and private collections in New Zealand and in art museums throughout the world. Parliament’s art collection includes two of Hōtere’s works.

‘And Death Wears the Colours of a Peacock’ is a large acrylic on canvas painting that dates from 1985. It was on display in the New Zealand Embassy in Washington before becoming part of the Parliamentary Collection in 1996.

The second piece, purchased in 2011, is a small painting on paper from Hōtere’s ‘Song Cycle Series’ completed in 1975.

Hōtere’s art was often about key New Zealand historical events such as the Springbok Tour and the Rainbow Warrior sinking. One of his last works was a message of support for earthquake-hit Christchurch.

He was awarded New Zealand's highest honour, membership of the Order of New Zealand, in 2011.

On Tuesday 26 February, the House marked the recent death of Ralph Hōtere.