2000 – 2002, Polyurethane paint on hardboard, Length 16.8m, Height 2.4m
Questioning the afterlife
This mural explores themes relating to death, with references to classical literature and modern society.
This was John’s last mural.
In 2002 he was diagnosed with cancer, and in 2003 he left the farm and his large workshop.
He returned to Mangawhai Heads, where work space was more limited. Although he had created murals in this space previously, he did not attempt to add more panels to this mural.
Like the other recent murals, this one is constructed of whole sheets of hardboard supported by timber frames. Unlike the others, each large panel is a separate painting without visual links to the others. The panels can be arranged in any order.
The titles of the panels aid in understanding the mural:
Spirits Waiting to Cross the Styx
Series also includes: