I have taken a different approach to finding Colonial Art. I came across this website of contemporary art that has been done in ways that colonial artists did there art back in the 19th and 20th centuries.
“Sofia Minson’s contemporary Maori oil portraits are an ongoing series of works that explore the modern meaning of heritage for an indigenous culture living in a post-colonial society.” (Minson)
This artwork was done with oil paint in a large scale and is very detailed, has highly realistic eyes and often the portraits are painted with a grey or sepia palette.
The reading written by Leonard Bell ‘The Representation of the Maori by European Artists in New Zealand” is basically about how European artists didn’t do enough research into the Maori Culture when they came to New Zealand. This is why art that the European did of the Maori is not viewed right and has more of a western feel to some of them.
Leonard states in his writing that artwork made was generally based around Maori myths just like the examples in the reading.
Artwork done by colonials is more true and realistic because of the way that the Europeans have changed the outlook on the Maori by color and differences.
Bell, Leonard. ‘The Representation of the Maori by European Artists in New Zealand” 1890-1914 Art Journal Vol 49. No. 2, Depictions of the Dispossessed (Summer, 1990) pp 142-149