Three illustrations from How Maui found his mother, 1975. Courtesy of the artist and Reed Children's Books, Auckland. Included in 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?'
Peter Gossage's artwork is displayed on billboards which hang across the road from the gallery. This is the first of a series of artist's billboard projects, in a partnership project between Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts and Westfield NZ Ltd. Peter Gossage's work is shown here as part of the exhibition 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf'.
Gossage is a New Zealand children's book illustrator who created in the 1970s and 1980s a series of seminal books about Māui's life and adventures. Drawn in a simple but graphically effective style, Gossage's Tales of Māui played a pivotal part in educating generations of children about cosmology. Recently republished, The Tales of Māui continue to play a vital role in sustaining the importance of Māui in a contemporary world.