Tawhai Rickard 2019

PAULNACHE
PRESENTS
TAWHAI RICKARD

The arrival of this significant pair of new works by New Zealand Maori artist Tawhai Rickard, coincides with the meeting of Māori and Europeans during James Cook's 1769 voyage to New Zealand, 250 years ago here in Turanaganui-a-kiwa Gisborne. It is also important to note that both works were created using reclaimed native wood including oak, acrylic paint, metal and shellac (a natural resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand).


Artist: Tawhai Rickard
Title: Captain Cook’s Time Machine
Year created: 2019
Medium: Acrylic on reclaimed native timber, metal and shellac (varnish)
Dimensions: 114 x 117 x 32cm / plinth 72 x 82 x 75cm (overall height: 186cm)
Signed: inscribed “Tawhai”

Kaupapa: 

A chronological look at our Country merging historical  and contemporary  concepts of a social, cultural and political nature. Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour serves as a Bi Cultural Time Machine evident through its aesthetic appearance and vernacular content. Emphasis is placed upon the Endeavour in collaboration with the 250 year commemoration of Cooks historical landing in Turanga.

Currently available – please contact the Gallery

Artist: Tawhai Rickard
Title: The Death of Samson the Israelite
Year created: 2019
Medium: Acrylic on reclaimed native timber, metal and shellac (varnish)
Dimensions: 94 x 42 x 15.5cm (freestanding)
Signed: inscribed “Tawhai” 2019

Kaupapa:

This work symbolises the historical and contemporary passion and struggle of Maori amidst the undermining forces of sovereign rule and a host of domineering hierarchical world views. The Biblical Judge of Israel, Samson and elements of his epic life and death are metaphoric of the plight of Maori culture.

Currently available – please contact the Gallery

Tawhai Rickard was born in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Gisborne, New Zealand in 1968, of Ngati Porou decent, a Māori tribe located in Te Tairawhiti (region), East Coast. He completed art studies at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Massey University Te Putahi a Toi, Palmerston North and Waikato University.

His recent work explores the historical and contemporary concepts of bi cultural New Zealand through the events of Captain James Cooks landing in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) almost 250 years ago. His medium is predominately paint and whakairo (carving) using reclaimed wood.

Tawhai was the supreme award winner 2018 Miles Art Awards at Tauranga Art Gallery, and was the inaugural winner of the 2016 Te Ha Art Awards in Gisborne, Tairawhiti. He currently lives and works in Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) New Zealand.

Photographs by Thomas Teutenberg. Courtesy of the artist © PAULNACHE 2019.

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