Sam Mahon is an artist who lives in North Canterbury in a reconstructed flour mill. He is a painter, sculptor – mostly in bronze – and a printmaker: he’s a superb draughtsman and builds everything from musical instruments to miniature rockets, as well as orchestrating mock-battles.
His first book The Year of the Horse won the Best First Book of Prose Award in 2003. This was followed by the much-acclaimed The Water Thieves in 2006; a lament for the rivers and ‘a fine literary achievement’.
Sam’s most recent exhibition of portraits ‘Talking Heads’ was shown in Christchurch in 2007, at the COCA Gallery.
Sam’s book, My Father’s Shadow – A Portrait of Justice Peter Mahon will be released in August this year. Peter Mahon, a lawyer and barrister, was best known as Royal Commissioner into the Mt Erebus disaster. Sam Mahon, says of his beautifully written account of his father’s life and their relationship:
“I have to accept that this book is more of a memoir than a biography; a sketch if you like, with smudges and rubbings out, and my fingerprints all over it.”