"In My Empty Existence I Have Seen It All”: On Colin McCahon’s Last Paintings

  • Rex Butler
  • Laurence Simmons

Abstract

In this essay, the authors consider Colin McCahon’s so-called Last Paintings, the series of four paintings found in his studio after his death. The status of these works has always been ambiguous. Were they actually completed by McCahon or left abandoned? Are the artistic effects found within them intentional or merely the effect of chance? Against most readings of McCahon, which decide one way or another, the authors try to keep both options open. They attempt to show how this might work with regard to the painting understood to be McCahon's very last, I considered all the acts of oppression (1981).

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Published
2020-12-14
How to Cite
BUTLER, Rex; SIMMONS, Laurence. "In My Empty Existence I Have Seen It All”: On Colin McCahon’s Last Paintings. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, [S.l.], n. NS31, dec. 2020. ISSN 2324-3740. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/jnzs/article/view/6681>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/jnzs.v0iNS31.6681.