Aesop’s Kiwi Fables: Paintings by Ray Ching

Artist(s): Ray Ching
Author(s): Ray Ching
Format: Hardback
Pages: 228, colour
Year published: 2012


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Ray Ching’s drawing and painting skills are imaginatively engaged in an altogether new expression in his latest publication, ‘Aesop’s Kiwi Fables’.

A collection of 47 oil paintings that tell the well known fables of Aesop told by the inhabitants of the islands of New Zealand, mostly birds, who are called to take the place of the more familiar players.

The stories have left their origins in Greece and ancient Europe and set off to the distant isles of New Zealand. Now, the tales are told by the inhabitants of these islands, mostly birds, who take the place of the more traditional players – Tui are as smart as Crows, and Tuatara is as dogged as the Tortoise, to successfully win his race over Possum. An introduction by Richard Wolfe gives an insight into the work and art of Ray Ching and a brief history of Aesop’s fables in publication.