From Toko to Tūhoe.

Three emerging Maori artists show work in paint.
‘From Toko to Tūhoe’ describes the geography and whakapapa shared amongst these three. 

Walter Dewes and Tamararo Raihania hail from the East Coast, and Kezia Whakamoe has Tūhoe as her home ground. All three studied at Toimairangi School of Māori Visual Art in Hastings under the tutelage of Sandy Adsett and Chris Bryant-Toi.

In this exhibition they stand together in that shared experience and also move away from that time as students, and into the wider culture of art in the dynamic and diverse experience that is the urban district of inner city Auckland.

All three know themselves and the space they occupy and move through in both a refined and expansive way – creating lyrical and rich work in various media. All three have a clever knowing and a high level of skill in their chosen style.

Kezia and Walter currently paint full time in Hastings and Ruatoria respectively, and Tamararo works as a freelance Tā Moko artist – often found at Otautahi Tattoo on K Road. If I had to describe them as music I’d say they were metal meets hip hop in an underground scene.
Its art in the centre and on the margin.

Exhibition:10 — 19 OCTOBER 2014

OPENING:FRIDAY 10 October 2014
536 Queen St, Level 3

For More information: Auckland Art Week