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A Painter On Tūrongo Street - Hiria Anderson


Thu 27 Jul 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 28 Jul 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 29 Jul 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 30 Jul 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 31 Jul 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: ArtsPost Galleries & Shop, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Waikato Museum

I was raised in my grandparent’s home, they were both creatives in the traditional Māori art of raranga and whakairo. Their commitment to the arts had a direct influence on my life as an artist.

In 2016 I gained an MFA with First Class Honours and awarded top student at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design.

Today I live in our whānau homestead on Turongo Street. I have a small studio at the back of the house where I paint most days. At the front of our house is a wharenui Teohaoturoa that my grandfather built at the time I was born. I based my master’s degree research on this meeting house, it is also the foundation for my practice as an artist.

As a painter I am interested in the representation of Māori within the context of European painting history, investigating both technique and subject matter of early European painters of New Zealand and abroad. I paint the everyday lives of people in my community, paying particular attention to relationships amongst family members, intertribal relationships, politics and environments that show the nuance between culture and 21st-century life.

Through my genre, I acknowledge the history of the colonial gaze upon their indigenous subject matter and in that, I commandeer that position of power (as the painter) and I become the narrator of our own lives and stories.

This exhibition is dedicated to my creative colleague and great friend the late Marie Panapa.

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