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Max White | Works on Paper: from the mid-80s to mid-90s

Max White has been a supporter, mentor, artist and friend throughout our Whau the People journey, and it was our privilege to support him in what was Max’s last exhibition. In true Max style, what was going to be a solo exhibition became much more; part reunion, celebration of a life and last farewell.

April 10 – June 13 2021

Max White studied art and teaching at the University of Auckland and at Auckland College of Education. In 1981 he became an art teacher at Mangere College, where he was  employed until 1992. In 1993 he obtained an art teaching position at AIT (AUT).

The work in this show dates from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s.

Though there is some overlap, the labels, card suits and hearts were made earlier – during the 80s, while the work from the Greek mainly dates from the 90s.

Three of the Greek works were shown in two AIT (AUT) Art & Design staff shows, while the other work here have not previously been shown.

The prints from supporting artists date from Max’s last years at Mangere College (from 1989 – 1991 – 1992). They were produced by his year 13 students.

The student works on show are by Andrew De Silva, Axel Smith, Kaisa Ainiu, Kandida Witeri, Moana Adams, Murray Itiri, Tamatoa Iotua, Toni Gillbanks, Veronica Vaevae and Yazma Smith.

“Ko ia toku kaiako toi i nga ra o mua

He was my art teacher back in the days

He tino pai rawa atu ia, kāore he wareware au nga taonga i tuku iho ki ahau.

He is a really awesome person. I will never forget the treasures/knowledge he has handed down to me.

Toku nei whakaaro, he rangatira ia!

In my opinion, he is of chiefly status!

No reira, nga mihi maioha ki a ia, toku hoa pai mo ake tonu atu.

Therefore, I give my appreciation to him, my good friend forever.

Nāku iti nei, Kandida Witeri.”


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