28th June – 27th July 2018
Tim Steel (Ngai Tahu, Pakeha), Kauri Hawkins (Ngai Tamanuhiri, Ngati Porou), Jamie Ani Eritana Berry, Pikihuia Haenga, Paretapu Teira.
When the Pleiades constellation rises in the north-eastern sky it signifies Matariki, the Māori new year. During this time, crops are harvested and sown, and whānau come together to remember the past and those gone, and to look towards what lies ahead. Matariki is a time of new beginnings, ‘He Timatanga Hou’. This exhibition is to celebrate and acknowledge the artistic tributes and talents of a new generation of contemporary Māori artists. By supporting our emerging artists we are not only acknowledging our Tīpuna but as a collective, giving strength to mahi toi through the exciting and diverse range of works presented in this exhibition.
Exhibiting works by the following contributing artists, Tim Steel, Kauri Hawkins, Paretapu Teira, Pikihuia Haenga and Jamie Berry.
Tim is an international award winning artist carving in a contemporary-traditional style. He was raised in the coastal town of Pukerua Bay & is of Pakeha and Ngai Tahu descent.
From his studio space in Waipawa, Tim creates small sculptures and jewellery from hard stone and specializes in Pounamu and Onewa. His inspiration is derived from taonga/artifacts and aesthetics of urban and natural Aotearoa.
These images are of work Tim currently has on show & available for purchase. His urban Manaia & Pekapeka look at Re imagining the taonga of our Tīpuna to reflect the squareness of modern urban construct & the beautiful tāniko forms are part of a series of work inspired by the tāniko pattern Aronui, the pursuit of knowledge about the natural world.
You can find out more about Tim & his mahi at Tim Steel – Sculpture / Body Adornment or Instagram: @timsteelstone