This new oil painting “Aoraki” measures just over 2 metres high x 1 metre wide and was inspired by the land, myths and history of Aotearoa.
Snow-covered Mt Cook stands as a quiet giant with glacial-fed Lake Pukaki in the foreground.
White Mt Cook lilies peek out from the hills of tussock grass and are towered over by a surreal native forest. On closer inspection the forest’s inhabitants are tiny huia birds perched high in branches and soaring pouakai (haast) eagles.
Both of these native bird species are now extinct therefore this painting is a window into an enchanting, primordial world where Aotearoa is still young and the mountains, lakes and birds have only just emerged from the mists of creation.
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… Continue reading →