News Photo_ Kent BlechyndenFairfax NZ

Ngataiharuru Taepa
Te Tini a Pitau: 12 years of kowhaiwhai
14 June – 6 September 2015

Te Tini A Pitau: 12 years of kowhaiwhai surveys highlights from the past 12 years of Ngataiharuru Taepa’s practice. Taepa is one of our most important and innovative contemporary Māori artists.

Since he was a teenager working on restoring kowhaiwhai panels, Taepa has been committed to preserving and giving new life to traditional practices through his artwork. For over twelve years he has focussed almost exclusively on kowhaiwhai patterns in his work. Taepa uses western techniques to interpret customary forms. He takes the intricate, interlacing patterns characteristic of customary kowhaiwhai designs and gives them a fresh contemporary interpretation introducing unexpected materials, techniques and colour combinations. Taepa experiments with twenty-first century technologies – computer-generated imagery, digital routers, acrylic laminates, stencils on PVC pipes and steel, and digitally carved treated plywood to create his meticulously crafted work.

Ngatai Taepa Tinakori 2006_Photo by Norm Heke

IMAGE TOP: Artist Ngatai Taepa and his work Tane Pupuke, 2014, at Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington. News Photo: Kent Blechynden/Fairafax NZ
IMAGE ABOVE: Ngatai Taepa Tinakori 2006. Photo by Norm Heke.


Listen to Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan and Dowse Director Courtney Johnston discuss Matariki Wellington festival -including Ngatai’s exhibition – on Nine to Noon programme here:


Artzone magazine profiled Ngatai and his practice work in their June/August 2015 issue: Ngataiharuru Taepa Artzone interview


 

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IMAGES ABOVE: Photography by Alex Efimoff

Supported by the College of Creative Arts, Massey University

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CATALOGUE

Click this pdf link to view the catalogue: Ngataiharuru Taepa Te Tini a Pitau

Te Tini a pitau catalogue cover

 

 

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