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Paintings by Contemporary Maori artists

Paintings by Contemporary Maori artists The contemporary maori art movement grew out of the impact of colonisation and the introduction to new tools, new philosophies , new materials, and the huge social changes partly accepted and partly forced on Maori people. The celebrated maori Leader Te Kooti, was to play a large part in radical changes to Maori art with his painted poupou in his ancestral house RONGOPAI.Another major influence was the world wars when Maori travelled overseas and saw the great artworks of Europe, Africa and Asia. Exposing the world to a Maori race who previously focussed on the insularity of a simple country life, was to create a massive change in the next generation to follow.(quote taken from pg.6 Forever Buck Nin ko wai te waka e kau mai nei(what is this canoe that swims my way? ) 1976 by Buck Nin

Maori Totem by Buck Ninpen and ink on paper

Return to the Marae by Buck Nin

Te Weu By Hemi Macgregor 2010

Matau # 1 by Hemi Macgregor 2009

Untitled Hemi Macgregor

To Te Whiti by Emare Karaka

E Tiki mai Whaka by Emare Karaka c 1984

Local government Tea party by Emare Karaka

Challenge of the land by Buck NinC 1976Acrylic and oil on board

Rakaumangamanga by Robert EllisOil on paper

Arepa Omeka by Robert Ellis( 9 Maehe)

Mahuru / September By Robert Ellis 2005

City river and orange sky By Robert EllisOil on canvas1964

Arepa by Robert Ellis( 9 Maehe )

lil Btk Tiz by Saffron Te RatanaMixed media on paper2001

Close up of painting by RatanaMuch of Saffrons work is in response to intuitive ideas about application of paint as a sensual medium in its own right. She combines layers of opaque and transparent colours and images and scraping and scratching back surfaces, drawing over parts with a range of drawing tools.

Tribal Affiliations / groups Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati pahauwera by Sandy Adsett, Acrylic on paperSandy translates traditional maori artforms such as Taniko, Tukutuku and kowhaiwhai into contemporary abstract and very carefully executed geometric compositions and rh,ythmical compositions that tell stories about maori culture, creation themes, and heritage.

Awhiowhio whirlwind by Sandy Adsett

Kahurangi by Sandy Adsett, acrylic on board

He Rau Kawakawa by Ngataiharuru Taepa2006For me kowhaiwhai is an expression of the way our ancestors saw the world in their time. Their achievement using positive and negative spaces , was to have the colours interact simultantaneously. He Rau Kawakawa is a lament and also a celebration of life , of those who have departed. The kawakawa is a medicinal plant and the artist sees this work as a rongoa for those left behind. It reminds him of a WHAKATAUKI pursue the unseen/ unatainable