Michael O’Leary’s new artwork

October 10, 2013

Michael recently drew an illustration (pen/pencil) for a new book cover. The book is a new publication from his publishing house Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop in conjunction with HeadworX Publishers, Wellington, New Zealand.

The drawing is of Māui controlling the sun (from the traditional Māori myth).


The book, edited by Wellington literary scholar/publisher Mark Pirie, is a sequence of Polynesian Legends c1924 previously uncollected and unpublished in book form by a forgotten Canterbury poet, Alfred Stanley Sherratt (1891-1977).

The book is expected to be launched later this year.

Poet/Māori literary scholar Vaughan Rapatahana wrote the following on Sherratt’s early treatment of Māori legends:

“Earl of Seacliff and Mark Pirie are to be commended for unearthing this valuable trove of Pākehā representations of Māori mythology and legend, not merely because they have never been committed to print in any sequential book format previously, but more especially because the representations contained within are manifestly without the devious elaborations and misguided romantic capital (Curnow, 1960) of many of Sherratt’s near contemporaries such as Domett. Indeed, Sherratt, for all his iambic pentameter and rhyming couplet, remains true to the Weltanschauung of the original and oral Indigenous élan of these mighty vignettes. Ka nui te pai te mahi kei konei!” Vaughan Rapatahana


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