Terry Stringer elegantly brings to life moments from the bible story ‘Tobias and the Angel’, a subject often explored in master paintings.
Elements are stacked atop one another, and the tale evolves as one walks around the piece. An angel’s wing reaches up above a face, the expression rather enigmatic, and this head balances upon a fish’s tail. Further around, a woman is sheltered within the angel’s wing, her hair falling in gentle waves over her shoulder. Her body is gently segmented, turning in rounded curves.
A key figure in New Zealand’s history of art, Stringer has received virtually every significant artistic scholarship and award available in this country. In the late 1970s he received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Scholarship three times and in 2003 the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a national honour. 2013 saw him have a major solo exhibition at Wallace Arts Trust in Auckland.