Dreaming of Cook Islands by Paul McCarthy

About the Artworks:
“My love of the Islands of Polynesia started when I took to the wilds of the Society Islands with my French easel and embarked on a journey of discovery. I would return to this region some four times over several years and visiting five of Tahiti’s Islands.

On this occasion I was indulging in the picturesque Cook Islands, being my first time to this location I managed two Islands. The largest Island Rarotonga and then the beautiful lagoon of Aitutaki Island.

My wife and I hired bicycles and cycled around Rarotonga, stopping along the way to paint. For me I am drawn to the magic of these huge mountain backdrops and the lush jungle below, sometimes cascading right to the lagoon. These two paintings depict both these extremes, one has the backdrop of the mountain range the other has the patchwork of jungle growth”. Paul McCarthy

“Cooks Corner”, 61 x 51cm, oil on linen, $4,200 (framed in oak)

“Cooks Corner, is the locals bus stop in Avarua, the national capital. I love the lack of business and the towering mountains beyond”.

“Turoa”, 61 x 51cm, oil on linen, $4,200 (framed in oak)

“Turoa, is another bus stop, half way around the island. I love the lush vegetation and just joining shapes like a puzzle”.

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