'Colin McCAHON<br />
New Zealander 1919–87 <br />
The Promised Land 1948<br />
oil on canvas<br />
92.0 x 137.0 cm<br />
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand<br />
Gift of the McCahon Family, 1988<br />
Reproduced with the permission of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust'

Colin McCahon

A Question of Faith

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Temporary Exhibition (Gallery 17), Level 3

4 Jul 03 – 7 Sep 03

Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith is a major survey exhibition of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon. The exhibition includes 77 works covering his artistic career from the end of the 1930s to the beginning of the 1980s.

Colin McCahon was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1919 and died in Auckland in 1987. Particularly since his death, his activities as a teacher and museum curator have become the subject of much discussion. Central to McCahon’s oeuvre is the investigation of the true nature of faith and his own spiritual experience and development. He was deeply committed to the environment and entered into an engagement with Maori culture. Landscape and religion, in particular the language of the bible, are constant factors in his work.

The exhibition is curated by Marja Bloem, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Stedelijk Museum.