EXHIBITION PROFILE Richard Parker: Master of Craft
– Curator: Richard Fahey
Toured by Objectspace, Auckland 13 September – 30 November 2011 Official Rugby Exhibition Program 2011 at the NEW
Whangarei Art Museum
@ THE HUB – Te Manawa, Town Basin, Whangarei
Richard Parker: Master of Craft surveys the career and practice of a major Northland artist and a defining figure within
New Zealand ceramics. This significant survey exhibition includes works from the Whangarei Art Museum collection and
works loaned from leading public and private collections around the country.
Richard Parker, Northland Craft Trust, 1987. Photograph: Rod Davies.
The curator, Richard Fahey, says "Parker had his own picture of what a pot should look like", and that although Parker's
practice is grounded within the traditions of studio ceramics, "as an artist, his innovative approach seeks to redefine
for us new ways we may understand the decorative object." At a pivotal moment in his career Richard Parker abandoned the
known in terms of how to make a pot and what it should look like and developed his own unique ceramics vocabulary. This
singular vision has sustained his career for over 30 years and produced works that are uniquely recognisable. Parker is
noted for a variety of distinctive decorative forms frequently embellished with dashes, dots and dribbles in luscious
glazes of red and green, black and cream, and his signature green and gold..
Accompanying the exhibition is a lavishly illustrated 120 page publication, sponsored by Northtec, where Richard is a
tutor in ceramics and written by Richard Fahey. This beautiful publication describes: the local ceramics context that
Parker developed within; his work and style of production; a biographical profile and a consideration of his standing in
New Zealand ceramics, followed by a timeline of Parker's exemplary career. Richard Parker: Master of Craft is the first
project in the Objectspace Masters of Craft series. This new series will tell the stories of outstanding and influential
New Zealand practitioners whose work exemplifies the value of craftsmanship.
Objectspace is very grateful for the generous support of Creative New Zealand, NorthTec, Pasquale Viticultura, The
Chartwell Trust, Unitec, and the Objectspace Donors in presenting Richard Parker: Master of Craft.