Sacred pathways

  • Darcy Nicholas b.1945
    Te Atiawa, Māori
    Ngati Ruanui
    Tauranga Moana, Māori
    Kāhui Maunga, Māori
    Tangahoe, Māori
    Ngāti Haua, Māori
Sacred pathways


Sacred pathways


Production Date 1988
Collection(s) Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased from the Monica Brewster Bequest in 1989.
Accession Number 89/5
Media Acrylic on aluminium
Measurements 2400 x 1200mm


Statement by Darcy Nicholas, 2000:

These paintings form a series of works based on migrations throughout the Pacific using navigation by stars, seasonal winds, bird flights and ocean currents. At the same time I was intensely interested in whakapapa, and universal symbols that had originated from ancient cultures.

This inevitably led me in a study of concepts and symbols of origins ranging from clouds, rain, mist, rainbows, the sun, moon, stars, and black holes in space and the pathways and journeys of life. The question then was how does that relate to who I am. Always, I come back to the mountain Taranaki and that completed my circle of identity.