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Carmen Rupe - The Final Portrait Revealed


Sat 2 Nov 2013, 7:00pm

Where: Scotty and Mal's Cocktail and Lounge Bar, 176 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: joseph23

An Exclusive collection of Fine Artworks by top Contemporary NZ Artist, Te Mete, including the 'Final Portrait of Carmen Rupe'.

Saturday 2nd Nov, S & M's Cocktail Bar & Gallery, 176 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Starts 7pm.

The Rupe family approached Te Mete to paint the final portrait of Carmen Rupe in honour of her Taonga being returned to Aotearoa NZ and Te Papa Museum.

Who Is Carmen Rupe?
Carmen Rupe (1936–2011) was a vivacious performer, businesswoman and brothel keeper, and LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS activist. She was a cultural icon in the transgender community who paved the way for many transgender men and women after her, and has been named a role model for many, including Georgina Beyer, the world’s first openly transsexual mayor.

Carmen was the first Maori drag performer. Her show including hula dancing and two live snakes.

In 1977 Carmen ran for mayor of Wellington. She supported gay marriage, legalized prostitution, sex education in schools, nude beaches, and decriminalized abortion. Though she didn’t win, all of her reforms are now legal in New Zealand.

“One comment I read somewhere was that she was before her time. Well, I disagree. Carmen’s timing to enter and take our world by storm was right on the mark. What she did and how she impacted on society in New Zealand in the 1960s, 70s and 80s was her destiny. She was put on this earth with the sole mission to pave the way for so many and to make their journey easier and that is just what she has done.” Jacquie Grant

Artist Bio
Te Mete Solomon Smith (Te Mete) is an acclaimed NZ Artist and has been described as an Artistic star by many critics, His recent 2013 Solo Exhibition at the Tongario Chateau was a huge success and he has recently shared an article with NZ Artist Reuben Patterson.

Te Mete is a deeply symbolic, abstract, portrait and landscape oil painter of Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Te Arawa and Tainui (Māori), Irish, French decent. He currently resides in, Opotiki New Zealand.

His, anecdotal creations of beauty observed from what he describes as egos are inspired by deep involvement through years of work understanding himself though the eye of the gaze, voyaging history, people and the spirit of difference, but in tern creating difference as the new norm in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the rest of the World.

Te Mete’s portrait of Louisa Wall recently featured in "World Investment NZ" magazine were it has been acclaimed to sit among the most expensive pieces of art in the world

Solo Exhibitions
2014 - January 10th - February 28th - Te Mete Summer Art Show, Hui, Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

2013 November 2nd - 14th December - Te Mete Solo Art Showcase, S&M Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2013 - August 31st - Te Mete & The Cartier Trust Celebrate the Life of Peter Taylor -Solo Art Exhibition - 187 Federal Street. Auckland CBD / Saint Mathews Church.

2013 - August 20th - GABA Auction

2013 - June 15th - 15th of July - S&M Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2013 - May 18th - Tongariro Chateau, Mt Ruapehu, NZ

2012 - September - Rambko Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2012 APN News Media - Best Ad Art & Design Winner
2011 APN News Media - Best Creative Ad Art & Design Winner
2006 Winner National Yellow Pages Art & Design Award
2002 Bay of Plenty Art Awards - 1st Place Winner

2002 - Bachelor of Art & Design Degree - Auckland University of Technology

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