Artsville: The Waterfall
In tonight's Artsville four of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists voyage to Fiordland National Park where European art history began in New Zealand, when William Hodges, ship’s artist on Cook’s second voyage in 1773, created his renowned work 'Waterfall in Dusky Bay'.
In this documentary, artists John Walsh, Gerda Leenards, Melvin 'Pat' Day and Nigel Brown journey to Dusky Sounds to the site of the waterfall, photographing and sketching their personal response to the sights, sounds and stories of Fiordland.
The four artists involved in this project were chosen not only for their work, but also for how they might contribute to the film. Nigel Brown has a keen interest in history and the stories of Captain Cook and ship's artist William Hodges. Gerda Leenards is a Fiordland regular who is drawn to they typical weather of mist and rain. And both John Walsh and Melvin 'Pat' Day had never been to Fiordand before.
Melvin 'Pat' Day is a New Zealand art icon. He is one of New Zealand's most distinguished painters who began his formal study at Elam aged only 11. Now aged 86, he is finally getting the chance to paint Fiordland. Despite a bad fall as they set off on the trip, Pat paints resolutely throughout.
The Waterfall captures the power of New Zealand's landscapes, the artistic process and the legacy of history.
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