Russell Moses

b. 1948

Russell Moses was born in Palmerston North. While working in demolition yards in Auckland and Dunedin, Moses taught himself how to make art using recycled materials.

He came to prominence in the 1970s with his large pit-fired ceramic sculpture installations, addressing elemental and environmental themes. From 1971, he intermittently shared studio space with Ralph Hōtere, at Observation Point near Port Chalmers.

In 1995 Moses used the site clay from demolition of the Observation Point Studio to create large rosaries and paintings, and woodchips from the wharf for bark paintings and sculptures.

See also:

Russell Moses, ‘Brick Column’ (1991/2005), Hōtere Garden Oputae, Port Chalmers, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021