Kia Ora Cook

Kia Ora Cook

By Lester Hall

Captain James Cook of Her Majesty's Ship, Endeavour must be in anyone’s eyes a great explorer and recorder of the World and in this regard has marked similarities with Captain James Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprise in that the initiative was to “explore the unknown”. Cook is one of my top historical characters and if I was inviting dead guests to a dinner, he would most certainly be there. I sometimes imagine what the conversation might sound like between he and David Attenburough. Surely these would be two men who have seen more of the social and natural World than almost any others?! Another implication of this image is that Cook might have been changed in some ways by his meetings with Maori and that he might, given his comments about Maori/Polynesian sea-faring not have thought he was in an ocean "where no man had gone before". On making the comment to a Maori friend that if Cook was to be seen as the Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, Maori might be seen as Klingons he quickly corrected me and said "No, man, we are the bloody Vulcans!"

Measures: 495x330

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Lester Hall

My name is Lester Hall and I was born Pakeha in Wellington, New Zealand in 1956.
I have painted and studied New Zealand history and Maori/European/Pacific centric artwork all of that time.

I have worked as a design and display technician with the most extensive and important collection of Maori and Pacific artifacts in the World at the Auckland Institute and Museum.
This meant constant interaction with the most noted ethnologists, historians and museum curators in the country.
I consider myself an outsider artist, social commentator first and my art is a vehicle for my thoughts and philosophies and aspirations for my country. My art is a conversation with myself and represents moving thought not static dogma. My prints are not numbered and I change them to reflect or emphasise my thoughts whenever I choose to.

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