Dawn Chorus saw the publication of Ray Ching’s first graphic novel in 2014. The book and the exhibition tells of Aesop, the Fabled Teller of Fables, and his journey to the Antipodes, to Aotearoa New Zealand, even after his death and offers as evidence a series of cleverly painted and elaborately constructed illustrations that form the basis of this exhibition.
The upcoming exhibition, Dawn Chorus – The Fables, will be the last in this series of Aesop’s Kiwi Fables. These paintings are the illustrations in the final chapter of Ching’s book, “Dawn Chorus”.
Ray Ching has drawn and painted more than 200 pages for this volume, and has handwritten text in both English and Latin on the paintings.
Artworks are painted in Alkyds and Acrylics to allow for much faster drying times than the oil paint with which the artist usually works.
World renowned artist Ray Ching has created a truly unique celebration of New Zealand’s birds and landscapes. Magical, humorous and beautiful, this is the imagined story of Aesop’s visit to Aotearoa New Zealand, described by its creator, Ray Ching, as an Antipodean Fantasy.
The book – 247 x 280 mm, landscape, paperback with flaps, 248 pages, colour, over 120 paintings. ISBN: 978-1-86953-891-0.
$58.00 plus P&P.
Dawn Chorus – The Fables, featuring 36 original paintings will be exhibited at ARTIS Gallery from 24 November – 15 December 2015.