Fourteen bullocks and their teamsters, hauling kauri from the bush.
Pen and Ink
Released as a limited edition of 250 numbered and signed prints on archival paper
Framed: 590mm x 493mm (23 1/4 in x 19 1/2 in)
Unframed: 482mm x 385mm (19 in x 15 1/4 in)
Most bullocks in New Zealand were Shorthorns, a versatile breed used in colonial times for milk production, for beef and for hauling heavy loads over steep, rough ground and through slippery mud. The bullocks were yoked in pairs, always in the same order with the quieter ones, or near-siders, on the left and the wilder off-siders on the right. The teamster controlled them with calls and the crack or push of his tall whip, and they moved very slowly and steadily.
This team was working in Mill Bush near Ryans Rd, Wellsford around 1910 when the area was being cleared. The bullocks are ready to haul the great log on skids over a road made of hundreds of small logs placed across the track. The Logue family, descendants of early settlers in the district, have the original photograph in their collection.
"Teamwork" is the fifth study in a series of six pen and ink drawings of New Zealand colonial life.
To replicate the original artwork, the drawing has been printed using only black ink on archival quality paper.
Size framed: approx 590mm x 493mm
Celebrating New Zealand's pioneering history, the Colonial Collection limited edition prints are now available in a smart satin-black timbermoulding, with a square profile, and a generous cream mat around the pen and ink image.
Unframed prints are supplied gently rolled in a strong sealed tube that may be used for safe storage until a later date.
"Gumdiggers" "Homestead" "Working Horses"
"Under Way" "Team Work" "Panning on the Clutha"
For around fifteen years, up until the mid '90s, I worked almost exclusively in pen and ink using a stipple technique, known colloquially as "pointillism". My drawings, each taking hundreds of hours to complete, were done entirely in very fine dots using a 0.18mm hollow nib.
These six pieces in the Colonial Collection were the culmination of that period. The editions are limited to 250 numbered & signed prints on archival paper.
Each picture has a unique story and comes complete with its detailed history label on the back.
The last of the remaining prints, including a handful of edition numbers and the full range of artist's proofs, have been made available with new framing. These can be purchased individually or as groups, with matching numbers, which can be arranged in various ways.
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