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Colin McCahon




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How the Light Gets In:
The Christian Art of Colin McCahon

Foot Notes

  1. A R D Fairburn, ‘Elements’, in Allen Curnow, ed., The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse. Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1960, p 149
  2. McCahon treats the biblical text freely, altering ‘that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ to suit his theme of a gateway to a new realm of existence.
  3. Murray Bail, ‘I Am’, in Marja Bloem and Martin Browne, Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith. Amsterdam, Stedilijk Museum and Nelson, Craig Potton Publishing, 2002, p 46
  4. Colin McCahon: A Survey Exhibition. Auckland, Auckland City Art Gallery, 1972, p 26
  5. Colin McCahon, Janet Paul and William McCahon quoted in Philip Matthews, ‘The Prophet Motive’, New Zealand Listener (29 May 1999), p 36–37
  6. Colin McCahon, A Survey Exhibition, p 26
  7. ‘Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith’ in Bloem and Browne, p 16
  8. ‘Colin McCahon: A Note’ in Bloem and Browne, p 12
  9. Colin McCahon: Artist (revised edition). Auckland, Reed, 1993, p 109
  10. Ibid., p 22–23
  11. William McCahon, ‘A Letter Home’ in Bloem and Browne, p 36
  12. ‘Beginnings’, Landfall 80, Vol. 20, No. 4 (December 1966), p 361
  13. Manawatu Art Gallery Centenary Collection: Contemporary New Zealand Painting. Palmerston North, Manawatu Art Gallery, 1971, p 11
  14. Alexa M Johnston, quoted in the exhibition Colin McCahon: Works from the collection. Manawatu Art Gallery, 1966
  15. Interviewed in Lee Strobel, The case for faith: A journalist investigates the toughest objections to Christianity. Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2000, p 189
  16. Quoted by Marja Bloem, ‘Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith’ in Bloem and Browne, p 24
  17. Helmut H Rex, Did Jesus rise from the dead? Auckland, Blackwood & Janet Paul, 1967; and Robert J Blaikie, ‘Secular Christianity’ and God who acts. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1970
  18. Brown, p 209
  19. Bloem and Brown, p 230
  20. Brown, p 190
  21. Leonard Cohen, ‘Anthem’ in his bleak album The Future. Stranger Music, 1992.

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How the Light Gets In: Part 3 - The Artist

How the Light Gets In: Part 4 - The Believer

How the Light Gets In: Part 5 - V. The Man


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