Craig Platt NZ wildlife artist, New Zealand birds artist, Auckland illustrator, NZ birdlife, Kingfisher, Tui oil painting, Pukeko
Art by the Sea art gallery specializes in fine NZ arts and crafts, with a huge range of original, fine New Zealand and Maori arts and crafts.
This little guy walks tall and proud. I love the combination of bright red on his beak and legs against the vibrant blue of his feathers. I have tried to keep the inked line work simple to allow as much blue as possible to show through.
The Contemporary Maori Inspired Pattern Work of Mitch Manuel
Today, something a little different. I have decided to highlight some contemporary innovative expansion of the traditional Maori pattern work from New Zealand/Aotearoa. It is the work of Mitch Manuel and is based on both the Koru, the symbolic curl representing the fern, as well as the Kowhaiwhai. Some of you may remember I produced an article about Kowhaiwhai a while ago, the article can be found here. Mitch Manuel takes the Maori decorative traditions, deconstructs them, and then…
Hine-nui-te-Po, the Polynesian goddess of night, darkness, and death; the queen of the underworld. She is called 'Great Lady of the Night', daughter of Tane and Hina. When she learned that Tane, who took her as his wife, was also her father, she fled to the underworld where she rules ever since.