Maori oil portrait and New Zealand landscape painting three years in the making

There are some pieces in an artist’s life that have particular gravitas, that are particularly challenging to give birth to, and when they are finally complete, you feel the need to celebrate and share that journey of patience, blood, sweat, and tears as well as inspiration with the world.

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Sofia Minson’s New Artwork for The Big Egg Hunt NZ – Huia and the Twelve Heavens

The hunt begins!  The 2015 Big Egg Hunt is here in New Zealand for the second year in a row in support of the Starship Foundation and I’ve created a brand new artwork for the event called “Huia and the Twelve Heavens.”  It’s part sculpture, part painting, part contemporary Maori cloak… whatever it is, watch the artwork taking shape in my studio in this video…
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“Maori Jesus” portrait painting with moko (traditional face tattoo) by Sofia Minson

Maori Jesus” is Sofia Minson’s depiction of the Messiah as tangata whenua (indigenous Maori) with full-face moko (traditional tattoo).

'Maori Jesus' acrylic painting by Sofia Minson on loose canvas, 1480 x 970mm, 2014

Maori Jesus‘ by Sofia Minson, acrylic and flashe on loose canvas, 1480 x 970mm, 2014

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When Art strives for originality and looses sight of truth

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He must know that when man shuts himself out from the vitalizing and purifying touch of the infinite, and falls back upon himself for his sustenance and his healing, then he goads himself into madness, tears himself into shreds, and eats his own substance….
…Then it is, that in our self expression, we try to startle and not to attract, in art we strive for originality and loose sight of truth, which is old and yet ever new. Continue reading

Canvassing The Treaty (Part 6 of 6)

Here’s part 6 of 6 (the final one yay!) of the doco Canvassing The Treaty – a thought provoking art and social experiment following six New Zealand artists as they gain deeper insights into the Treaty of Waitangi and create cross-cultural collaborative artworks.

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