Season of the birds – 2 new paintings at Queenstown’s Artbay Gallery

Painting by Sofia Minson "Aroha mai, aroha atu" meaning "Love received, love returned"

Aroha mai, aroha atu: Love received, love returned” Acrylic painting on canvas with black wooden ornate frame, 1090 x 1640mm, 2015

Painting "He Iti Kahurangi" meaning "A Little Treasure" by Sofia Minson

He Iti Kahurangi: A Little Treasure”, Acrylic painting on canvas with blonde wooden frame showing natural grain, 1090 x 2130mm, 2015

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New works by Sofia Minson at group show “A bird on the wall” in Christchurch 7-18 August

“A bird on the wall…. is as good as two in the bush!” is a really fun invitational group show that I’ve created two new paintings for, here’s a close-up of one of them, “The Kaka is Calling“…

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Head over to Bryce Gallery in Christchurch from 7-18 August to view the bird themed paintings and sculptures by myself and 12 other talented artists.

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Who are the custodians of Maori Visual Art?

Free by Tracey Tawhiao

“Free” by Tracey Tawhiao

Thank you for all of your thought provoking responses to the previous post’s question¬†“Is it alright to combine elements of Maori designs and create something new out of them?”

I’m in the middle of reading Tuamaka – The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand by social anthropologist Dame Joan Metge and she suggests…

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Maori Designs In Our Art – Appropriated or Legitimate?

Kia ora friends,

I’ve been asked a culturally sensitive¬†question by a Scandinavian man who at one point spent time living in New Zealand.

NZ Artist Gordon Walters' Painting

I’d like to put his question to you all because although the issue has been discussed in the public arena before, I’m not quite sure what the answer is or where to find it….

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