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Object: Scared

This image is All rights reserved. Image © Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust

Title Scared
Production McCahon, Colin (artist), 1976, Auckland
Medium summary acrylic on paper
Materials acrylic paint, paper
Classification paintings
Dimensions Support: 730mm (Height) x 1095mm (Width)
Frame: 1005mm (Height) x 1373mm (Width) x 33mm (Depth)
Credit line Purchased 2008
Registration number 2008-0007-1

The scrawled text in this stark, blackboard-like image goes straight to the heart of Colin McCahon’s concerns. A confession of anxiety, expressed in the most direct language, is followed by a resounding declaration of courage and faith. 
The words have been brushed on rapidly, spattering dots of white paint and reinforcing the urgency of the message.

Curator William McAloon (1969–2012) wrote of this work: ‘Its cry also registers as a protest and a call for action, themes McCahon addressed in response to environmental degradation and the nuclear arms race.’

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