Haere rā to Peter Gossage who died last weekend. His stories and art are familiar to many New Zealanders, and Peter was renowned for retelling the myths of Aotearoa.
His Storylines profile delves into his career:
Peter Gossage has worked as a display artist at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and as a graphic designer and scenic artist at TV2. His first job on leaving school was at an ad agency, and his drawings of Māori motifs on a television commercial drew interest from a publisher. This led to a career retelling and illustrating Māori legends for children.
His work was striking and unique. We interviewed him back in 2002, and Peter’s advice to aspiring writers was:
Read everything you can. Be simple and plain. Simplicity is the essence of good design.
- Children’s author who brought Maui to life, Peter Gossage, has died. Corazon Miller, New Zealand Herald.
- Find books by Peter Gossage in our collection.
- Our 2002 interview with Peter Gossage.