NZ pop artist Billy Apple has died

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The creative community in Aotearoa is mourning the loss of one of New Zealand’s most influential artists.

Billy Apple ONZM, 85, has died overnight.

His work was associated with New York and British pop art in the 1960s, collaborating with the likes of Andy Warhol and other pop artists.

Te Papa’s chief executive Courtney Johnston shared a tribute to the artist on Twitter, writing, “Saddened to hear that artist Billy Apple died early this morning.

Since 2010 Billy Apple has been working mostly in the Asia Pacific including exhibitions in Hong Kong and a residency in Shanghai.

Apple recently had a major retrospective exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, where his work is part of the permanent collection.

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