This portrait of my Ngati Porou great-grandmother “Matire Te Horowai” wearing her traditional victorian dress and moko kauae (chin tattoo) will speak volumes about our cultural history in the heart of New Zealand’s capital.
Two of my artworks are on show at Bowen House Parliament Building in Wellington – with The Real Opotiki Exhibition from 8 Feb – 31 Mar 2017.
Matire Te Horowai lived in the East Cape of the North Island in the late 19th century – an era of heavy Europeanisation where there was severe juxtapositions of indigenous and colonising cultures, yet intermarriage managed to occur.
2016 has been another great year doing a collaborative artwork with the children at Orakei School. This will be my 4th time participating and I always have such a blast. It’s a very special school filled with kids from all sorts of cultural backgrounds and demographics, and this diversity makes for a rich source of creativity!
It’s that time of year again…. Because 2015 Jazzfest was such a blast, the streets and parks of Queenstown will once again be the sights of my live painting demos at Queenstown Jazzfest 2016! Meanwhile Artbay Gallery on the shores of Lake Wakatipu will host a solo show of my brand new work.
Jazzfest kicks off on Friday 21st October 2016 and runs through to Monday.