Shane Cotton is an internationally renowned artist who established himself at the forefront of the renaissance of Māori art in the 1990s and his distinguished career now spans over three decades. His practice is underpinned by recurrent questioning of his own bicultural identity, and our collective cultural identity. The symbols from Māori and Pakeha cultural histories in his paintings are predominantly derived from post-contact Māori art, and prompt conversations about nationhood and identity. The fragmentary images form a landscape of memory – poignant representations of time and space.
Gow Langsford Gallery first represented Shane Cotton 1998-2009 and again from 2021.