A series of Ralph Hotere prints are being exhibited at University of Canterbury this week in a tribute to one of New Zealand's greatest artists who died yesterday.

The 81-year-old sculptor, painter and collaborative artist, with a career spanning 50 years, had been suffering from pneumonia and passed away surrounded by family in Dunedin.

Hotere was a guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at University of Canterbury (UC) in 1984 where he collaborated with several printmakers at the School of Fine Arts to produce a number of etchings and lithographs.

UC art collection curator Lydia Baxendell said today that Hotere produced a number of his most known prints while at the UC School of Fine Arts.


"A number of our graduates will remember him during his posting to UC and they will feel honoured to have been taught by one of the finest artists of our time," Baxendell said.

UC has nine Hotere works in its collection of more than 5000 works.