Shane Cotton

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Shane Cotton, The Paradox Of Settlement, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 1700 x 1200 mm

Shane Cotton, Open Manifold, 2014, acrylic on paper, 1000 x 700 mm

Shane Cotton, The Haymaker Series I – V, 2012, acrylic on linen, 5 panels, each 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Haymaker V 2.0, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, SEE.R, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Diamond and Circles, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Coloured Dirt Dreaming, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Staging Post, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Easy Forever Forever Easy, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Star Eater, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Star Eater, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Back Bone, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 1500 x 1500 mm

Shane Cotton, Coloured Dirt, 2008, acrylic on linen, 1800 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Open Manifold, 2014, acrylic on paper, 1000 x 700 mm

Shane Cotton, Haymaker V 2.0, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Diamond and Circles, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Staging Post, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Star Eater, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Back Bone, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 1500 x 1500 mm

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Populated by images of birds, rolling clouds, moko mokai (preserved, tattooed heads), and spray painted Christian and Maori texts, Shane Cotton’s paintings since the mid-2000s evoke a sense of the sublime that exists at the interface between painting, digital technology and diverse cultural histories. Of dual Maori and Pakeha descent, Cotton draws on a symbolic vocabulary around both the native and the introduced – weaving a tale that speaks to personal, local and universal concerns surrounding colonisation, identity and biculturalism.

Shane Cotton (Ngati Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha) was born in Upper Hutt, New Zealand in 1964. His work has been included in many international projects such as Turbulence, The 3rd Auckland Triennial (2007) and Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, Asia Society Museum, New York (2004); and was surveyed in a major retrospective exhibition at the City Gallery Wellington (2003). He has also received numerous awards, most notably the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (1998) and the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate (2008).

Shane Cotton lives and works in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

 
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Shane Cotton, The Paradox Of Settlement, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 1700 x 1200 mm

Shane Cotton, Open Manifold, 2014, acrylic on paper, 1000 x 700 mm

Shane Cotton, The Haymaker Series I – V, 2012, acrylic on linen, 5 panels, each 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Haymaker V 2.0, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, SEE.R, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Diamond and Circles, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Coloured Dirt Dreaming, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Staging Post, 2012, acrylic on linen, 2400 x 1800 mm

Shane Cotton, Easy Forever Forever Easy, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Star Eater, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Star Eater, 2011, acrylic on linen, 2650 x 2650 mm

Shane Cotton, Back Bone, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 1500 x 1500 mm

Shane Cotton, Coloured Dirt, 2008, acrylic on linen, 1800 x 1800 mm