Askew's tribute to Ralph Hotere

With the passing of Ralph Hotere last month, the country lost a prolific Kiwi artist unafraid to push the boundaries (and upset some people) across a career spanning 50 years.

Hotere's work has inspired the next generation of New Zealand creators including street artist Askew One (Elliot O'Donnell), who is painting a mural in honour of Hotere in Kingsland, Auckland.

The mural on the wall next to a block of shops in the Kingsland hub isn't yet complete, but most of the work on the iconic face was finished by yesterday afternoon.

Those naive to the New Zealand art scene (myself included) might be forgiven for thinking the mural is of physicist Albert Einstein. Askew says that's been a pretty common misconception.

Follow the progress on Askew's Instagram page.