Te Ha o te Marama by Simon Kaan and Wi Taepa

Te Ha o te Marama

Simon Kaan and Wi Taepa

13 July to 08 June 2021

Simon Kaan’s work is discernible; contemplative landscapes with split horizon lines, inky washes of colour and reoccurring motifs have become synonymous with his name. 

Through his artistic career spanning 20 years, Kaan has included circular motifs, describing these as “moon gates or moonbows”. This series of work continues the artist’s exploration of the moon, connecting the sky with land and water. He emphasises his thinking into Te Hā o te Marama, the breath of the moon. 

Born in Sawyers Bay in Dunedin in 1971, Kaan has been working for two decades now, since graduating from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 1993. At art school Kaan specialised in printmaking, a practice he was taught by Maori educationalist and printmaker Marilynn Webb and Barry Cleavin, a maker of etchings.

Wi Taepa is a significant figurehead in Aotearoa clay art with a career spanning over 30 years. Taepa is celebrated for his unique practice, his works are predominantly hand built using coil, slab or pinch pot techniques.  The artist has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at City Gallery Wellington in 2012 and a large retrospective in 2018 at Auckland Art Gallery. Taepa first showed his work at Sanderson in 2019 and we are delighted to present a new suit of his works in Te Hā o te Marama.

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