John Walsh was born in 1954 of Aitanga a Hauiti/New Zealand Irish descent. In 1993 John moved to Wellington with his family to take up his appointment as curator of contemporary Māori art at the National Art Gallery (now Te Papa). Around this time he arrived at the artistic style for which he has become well-known.


A full-time painter since 2002, John has regularly exhibited throughout New Zealand and beyond. His works feature extensively in New Zealand permanent collections.

Power Station, 2013
Oil on canvas
1,380 x 1,830 mm

The title refers to the land in pristine condition being the heart and power of the nation. I was going to have as a subtitle, “Dam this you pricks” but...

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