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Hub of Horopito


Horopito was once a bustling saw-milling town until it fell into decline in the 1920's as people left for better work. Today its a crumbling ghost town with it's hub being the wreckers, Horopito Motors which has set the scene for films like Good Bye Pork Pie and Rodger Donaldson's 1982 drama - Smash Palace - both have become an essential part of New Zealand Culture. Wandering between the rows of stacked cars residing in some form of despair, speckled with rust, doors cut off, and tell-tale signs of tragedy they are all becoming victims of old age. Somehow there's beauty and romance in themes of despair as we contemplate the passing of time. In juxtaposition the unspoilt Mount Ruapehu, covered in the season's fresh snow, grows up out of the pile of wrecks like a mirage, too beautiful it's almost false, yet amongst the despair is hope and opportunity that somewhere out there is the vital part, the missing piece of the puzzle.


A3 :: 20 x 14" // Limited Edition :: 100

A2 :: 26 x 18" // Limited Edition :: 50

A1 :: 37 x 25" // Limited Edition :: 25

A0 :: 50 x 37" // Limited Edition :: 10


Fine Art reproductions are made by taking 4-6 photographs of my originals and stitching them together. This way there’s more information to create a crisp print at the same size as the original painting. Then they’re printed and colour matched, a process called proofing which can take several frustrating hours before the first usable copies finally roll out ‘hot off the press’ using lightfast inks on archival 310g Hahnemühle paper, which is not actually paper, it’s ripped up cotton rags. Hahnemühle is the brand of paper - an excellent paper mill that started in 1584 Germany.

AN INTERESTING FACT: During the Second World War, the company created paper for the SS-Reichssicherheitshauptamt's efforts to produce counterfeit British banknotes as part of Operation Bernhard.

Each Limited Edition print is embossed, hand signed and numbered by me the artist. Remember paper prints that are framed will see it's lifetime double that of one left in it's tube under your bed. 

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