Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Colonial Slave Ship and Sister Ship ‘Niu Pole’ (diptych)

2017

Paint and whakairo (carving) using reclaimed wood

97 x 77cm + 90 x 58cm

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

The Kings Theatre Presents The Ten Commandments

2016/17

Paint and whakairo (carving) using reclaimed wood

141 x 67cm

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

The Kings Theatre Presents The King and I

2017

Paint and whakairo (carving) using reclaimed wood

125 x 69.5cm

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

House of Divinity

2016

Paint and whakairo (carving) using reclaimed wood

1355 (H) x 775 (W) x 35mm (D)

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Paikea

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

The Ngati Porou ancestor Paikea formerly known as Kahutia Te Rangi is depicted here in a stylised manner riding the back of a whale following his attempted murder at the hands of his brother Ruatapu at sea.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Hekara raua ko Haera

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

Featured are two faces of Maori in the nature of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde portraying Maori assimilation of British culture and the un-civilised savage.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

He aha e hiahia ana koe? (What do you want?)

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

The supernatural merman is symbolic of the Maori race begging the question of British intensions and desire in the face of historical race relations.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Captain Cooks Hat

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

This work shows the desire and seduction of Maori toward the attractions of introduced cultures.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

The Lord is my Shepherd

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

Representing the assimilation of Maori with Christianity.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Storm in a Tea Cup

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

This civilised scene masks the stormy relationship between British and Maori with the former taking the political high ground.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Kahore Tarau (Without Trousers)

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

Depicting the gun sex trade between foreigners and Maori women with the former having exposed buttocks to his shame.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Victorian Birdman

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

Portraying the assimilation of the Maori occult order to the impact of colonial science and spirituality.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Kupapa

2017

Paint on reclaimed wood

145 x 145mm framed

Representing the loyalty of various Maori to British Crown interests, moreover, the investment toward tribal wellbeing and survival.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Hepara

2017

Paint on playing card

125 x 85mm

Depicting Maori assimilation of Christianity assuming the role of shepherd.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

My Fair Lady

2017

Paint on playing card

125 x 85mm

This work speaks of self -identity among present day Maori with the complexities of blood quantum and cultural assimilation.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Tea for Tu

2017

Paint on playing card

125 x 85mm

Depicting bicultural adherence to warfare on the part of Maori, in this case holding the saucer, symbolic of catching the dregs of life after paying the price of citizenship particularly considering the 28th Maori Battalion as illustrated by the Star of Africa Medal.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Captain Pohara

2017

Paint on playing card

125 x 85mm

Personifying Maori poverty in all facets of life, although jovial in appearance with a jacket likened to Biblical Josephs coat of many colours signifying spiritual riches.

Available

Tawhai Rickard

Tawhai Rickard

Jesus is Lord

2016

Paint on reclaimed wood

380 x 380 x 35mm

Available