Artists

KAHUKURA, BETTER BICULTURALISM

KAHUKURA, BETTER BICULTURALISM

18/05/2021 to 13/06/2021

The hero painting for Jon Tootill’s upcoming exhibition at Sanderson Contemporary is a full-spectrum colour study. Piwakawaka (2010-2020) completes a decade-long series that studies the rau, or plumage, of native birds through colour sampling. Tootill’s works act like an index, mapping colours found in nature. He selects colour using Adobe Capture, he processes those samples digitally and arranges them in combinations. Then, he creates delicate watercolours, patient studies that elicit the nuances of nature all over again

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HARAKEKE

HARAKEKE

24/03/2020 to 14/06/2020

In ‘Harakeke’ the title generically covers the different types of native flax and cultivars from the mighty spceimen on the side of the road at Raungaiti Marae on State highway 27 ( whose leaves have recently been harvested ) to the multi coloured cultivars painted by British Artist and Curator Nerys Ann Johnson (1942 - 2001). The colour combinations taken from the Harakeke in different stages of growth and decay are selected by Adobe Capture then arranged in combinations for each artwork.

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UHINGARO / CODE

UHINGARO / CODE

30/04/2019 to 20/05/2019

Jon Tootill’s practice is informed by pattern and colour. Drawing inspiration from raranga (weaving /plaiting), tukutuku (wall-panel weaving) and whakairo (carving), Tootill creates beautifully paired-back patterns that often mimic repetitive forms found in nature.

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Kakapo

Kakapo

16/10/2018 to 4/11/2018

Kakapo (Night Parrot) The title Kakapo, or Night Parrot, suggests a playfulness with the colour and patterns that have their genesis in raranga (weaving/plating), tukutuku (wall panel weaving) and whakairo (carving). The colours of each painting do not refer to the colours of vegetation or birds as in previous works but more to the music of people such as Fats Domino, or Howard Morrison and Jerry Merito of the Howard Morrison Quartet, who were popular in the 1950/60’s. Their happy-go-lucky music infused life with colour.

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