February 10, 2021
Maori painters highlighted
An art gallery director says it feels the right time to highlight the work of Māori painters.
The Tim Melville Gallery in Auckland last night opened Nine Māori Painters, showing the works of artists including Nigel Borell, Hiria Anderson, Shane Cotton, Star Gossage, Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Charlotte Graham.
Mr Melville says with the major Toi Tū, Toi Ora show on at the moment at Auckland Gallery, he was pleased to be able to draw together some of the best contemporary painters.
He says oils and acrylics are not the first things people think of when they think of Māori art.
"This idea of Māori using a European material. There has been resistance to some of that. Whakairo and weaving and other things have been foregrounded, put painting
Nine Māori Painters is at the Tim Melville Gallery in Winchester St off Newton Rd until March 6.
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