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”
“kowaitewaka e kaumainei”(what is this canoe that swims my way?” ) 1976 by Buck Nin
“Challenge of the land” by Buck Nin C 1976 Acrylic and oil on board
“Rakaumangamanga “ by Robert Ellis Oil on paper
“ Arepa – Omeka “ by Robert Ellis ( 9 Maehe)
“ City river and orange sky” By Robert Ellis Oil on canvas 1964
“Arepa “ by Robert Ellis ( 9 Maehe )
“lilBtkTiz” by Saffron Te Ratana Mixed media on paper 2001
Close up of painting by Ratana Much 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 – NgatiKahungunu, Ngatipahauwera “ by Sandy Adsett, Acrylic on paper Sandy translates traditional maoriartforms 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.
“He Rau Kawakawa” by NgataiharuruTaepa2006 “For 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”