Introducing a new series that I have been developing. The Jewel Series...small, highly detailed works celebrating Māori Taonga. Each piece has a story. Māori feel a real connection to artefacts that were produced by their ancestors. Sadly a lot of their taonga is in museums and collections worldwide. There is a strong desire to repatriate the artefacts. This is a collection of small works, 35cm x 35cm, using a new technique (for me), of a raised textured layer inspired by kowhaiwhai patterns. On the rear off each piece is a description and photo of the original artefact.
HEI TIKI - QEII
Acrylic and variegated and generic gold leaf on oak board 35cm x 35 cm Sold This tiki was given to King George III by Captain Cook and is held in the QEII collection
Acrylic, paper, variegated and generic gold leaf on oak board 350 x 350 $4950
Acrylic and variegated and generic gold leaf on oak board 35cm x 35 cm $4950
HEI TIKI - MAHIA
Mixed media, acrylic and variegated and generic gold leaf on oak board.
350 x 350
This tiki was said to have been worn by one of two Rangitira chiefs who boarded the Endevour on 18th October 1769. Drawn by naturalist Herman Sporing it was offered to Capt James Cook. It is now in the Royal Collection.
mixed media, acrylic, paper and variegated and generic gold leaf on oak board
350 x 350
A wall post or Poupou collected by Captain James Cook from Tolaga Bay, Aotearoa in 1768.