Maryrose Crook, Vanishing Point, 2010, oil on canvas, 1220 x 1370 mm
I saw this painting by virtually-unknown NZ artist Maryrose Crook yesterday at the Tauranga Art Gallery. It was my favourite piece. The colours are so much more vibrant and detailed in real life than this image. Would you believe Crook has no background in art? It’s all self-taught.
This painting, more than just a landscape depiction, is of the famous Pink and White Terraces in Rotorua, New Zealand - once dubbed the ‘8th Wonder of the World’. The Terraces, basically geothermal baths, were a tourist destination up to their destruction in 1886 from the eruption of Mount Tarawera. This year, they rediscovered some of the terraces - but they are buried deep below lake Rotomahana. The story is famous in New Zealand - such a tragic tale.