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Julian Hooper

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Julian Hooper | New Zealand b.1966 | Flight (from ‘Liliu’ series) 2007 | Watercolour | 30 x 20cm | Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Julian Hooper Flight (from ‘Liliu’ series) 2007
Julian Hooper
New Zealand b.1966
Flight (from ‘Liliu’ series) 2007
Watercolour
30 x 20cm
Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Julian Hooper

Flight (from ‘Liliu’ series) 2007

In the 38 watercolours and collages of ‘Liliu’, Julian Hooper recounts his Hungarian ancestor Gideon Vecsey’s adventure to the Pacific in a non-linear tale set in the 1800s. ‘Liliu’ offers an imaginative insight into early Europeans’ experiences in Polynesia and allows Hooper to engage with some of the continued issues that pervade representations of the region. ‘Liliu’ means to change or transform in the Tongan language. Hooper ingeniously conveys this idea by abstracting some of his personages but also through the use of various techniques and mediums such as collage and watercolour. Questions of indigenousness, acculturation and the persistence of stereotypes, particularly the sexualisation of the South Pacific, are playfully addressed in the series.