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Five Māori Painters

Five Māori Painters

Exhibition Details

Experience the power of painting and uncover connections between the work of contemporary Māori artists and their forebears in this compelling exhibition. View Aotearoa New Zealand through the work five artists and gain a new understanding of the relationships that make our country unique.

Discover the way Māori painting has developed through the work of senior practitioners, Robyn Kahukiwa, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Emily Karaka, and next-generation painters, Star Gossage and Saffronn Te Ratana.

Explore the interweaving of iconic Māori symbols with contemporary socio-political commentary in the mural-like narrative paintings of Kahukiwa. Contrast her approach with bold kōwhaiwhai paintings by Te Waru Rewiri, and compare Karaka's energetic and fluid brushwork focused on Treaty of Waitangi claims with Gossage's ethereal figures and Te Ratana's three-dimensional paintings.

Significant examples of painted hoe (canoe paddles), heke (rafters) and work by 19th-century artist George French Angas help contextualise the contemporary artwork by establishing an older painting tradition.

Date
Curated by
Ngahiraka Mason
Location
Level 2
Cost
Free entry

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Arohanui
Arohanui

Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Production date
2006
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
1500 x 1000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2012
Accession no
2012/4/2
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Front
Front

Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Production date
2003
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
1050 x 1560 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2012
Accession no
2012/4/1
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Whenua/Wahine/Whenua (Land/Woman/Land)
Whenua/Wahine/Whenua (Land/Woman/Land)

Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Production date
1989
Medium
acrylic and kanuka on hardboard
Size (h x w)
2000 x 2400 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1989
Accession no
1989/52/1-8
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Whakapapa Birth & Death
Whakapapa Birth & Death

Robyn Kahukiwa

Production date
2005
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2010 x 3060 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2008
Accession no
2008/15
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Resistance, Te Tohenga
Resistance, Te Tohenga

Robyn Kahukiwa

Production date
2009
Medium
oil, alkyd oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2000 x 3000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2012
Accession no
2012/23
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Planting, Searching, Rising: Taupiri is the Mountain, Waikato is the River
Planting, Searching, Rising: Taupiri is the Mountain, Waikato is the River

Emily Karaka

Production date
1983
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1830 x 8300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Auckland City Council Employment Department, 1985
Accession no
1985/48
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Te Uri O Te Ao
Te Uri O Te Ao

Emily Karaka

Production date
1995
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
3000 x 3800 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the assistance of Reader's Digest New Zealand Limited, 1997
Accession no
1997/9
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Tomb of Huriwhenua, a late chief of the Nga Ti Toa Tribe, Queen Charlotte Sound
Tomb of Huriwhenua, a late chief of the Nga Ti Toa Tribe, Queen Charlotte Sound

J W Giles George French Angas

Production date
1844
Medium
handcoloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
214 x 515 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1987
Accession no
1987/16/4
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A Tiki, at Raroera Pah
A Tiki, at Raroera Pah

Unknown artist George French Angas

Production date
1844
Medium
hand-coloured lithograph in tints
Size (h x w)
329 x 235 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1987
Accession no
1987/16/8
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Local Government Tea Party
Local Government Tea Party

Emily Karaka

Production date
1997
Medium
acrylic on hessian on board
Size (h x w)
1800 x 3600 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2013
Accession no
2013/24.1-3
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Tenei au, tenei au (This is me, this is me)
Tenei au, tenei au (This is me, this is me)

Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Production date
2006
Medium
acrylic on cotton duck
Size (h x w)
2000 x 1500 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist, 2013
Accession no
2013/34
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Interior of a Whare
Interior of a Whare

Thomas Ryan

Production date
circa 1891
Medium
watercolour on paper
Size (h x w)
225 x 285 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/37
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Wharepuni at Koroniti, Wanganui River
Wharepuni at Koroniti, Wanganui River

Alfred Burton

Production date
circa 1898-circa 1899
Medium
gelatin silver print
Size (h x w)
142 x 197 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1999
Accession no
1999/18/21
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Our Canoe and Crew, Ranana, Wanganui River
Our Canoe and Crew, Ranana, Wanganui River

Alfred Burton

Production date
1885-1893
Medium
gelatin silver print, sepia toned
Size (h x w)
144 x 204 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1999
Accession no
1999/5/3
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Te Henheu's [sic] old pah of Waitahanui, at Taupo Lake
Te Henheu's [sic] old pah of Waitahanui, at Taupo Lake

J W Giles George French Angas

Production date
Unknown
Medium
handcoloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
232 x 305 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1964
Accession no
1964/15/7
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Weeping Over A Deceased Chief
Weeping Over A Deceased Chief

J W Giles George French Angas

Production date
Unknown
Medium
handcoloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
251 x 355 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/14/5
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Woman in Veil
Woman in Veil

Star Gossage

Production date
2006
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
600 x 600 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2013
Accession no
2013/39
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Wai Tangi
Wai Tangi

Robyn Kahukiwa

Production date
1990
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
705 x 500 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds provided by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, 1991
Accession no
1991/22/10
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Untitled II
Untitled II

Saffronn Te Ratana

Production date
2000
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
190 x 140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the assistance of Jean Horsley, 2000
Accession no
2000/21
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Whakapapa
Whakapapa

Kura Te Waru Rewiri

Production date
1989
Medium
lithograph (arches 88 300gm paper)
Size (h x w)
690 x 495 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds provided by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, 1991
Accession no
1991/22/15
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Rangihaeata's celebrated house on the island of Mana, called "Kai-Tangata"
Rangihaeata's celebrated house on the island of Mana, called "Kai-Tangata"

Unknown artist George French Angas

Production date
1844
Medium
hand-coloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
245 x 338 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the M A Serra Trust, 1987
Accession no
1987/16/1