Four artists will be painting billboards on the Wanaka lakefront. They will pick up on the idea of pouwhenua – markers that tell something
of people and place. The artists will be preparing their billboards on the weekend before the festival, ready to launch on the morning of
Tuesday 16 April.
Contact the festival office if you wish to make an offer on any of the billboards.
“I paint when I’m not playing the jazz violin. The two go hand in hand. One sets the other on fire. “
As a classically trained violinist, Richard Adams now plays fiddle for the Nairobi Trio by night. As a painter by day, he has had exhibitions around the world – London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Auckland – and Wanaka. He sees himself as an abstract painter but draws his inspiration from nature and works in a very spontaneous and improvised way – just like his music.
Flox Design was born in 2003, and like the decorative vines and floral art that have become synonymous with the name, has been branching out into a full array of artistic disciplines ever since. Hayley King, the artist and founder behind the name, has always had it in her head to work hard and be open to new ways of applying her art, therefore pushing her business onwards and upwards. “I like to keep my fingers in as many pies as possible, that way I’m more open to opportunities”. From exhibitions, prints, giftcards and a full women’s clothing line, to interior murals and private commission work, this artist has definitely got her hands full.
Priscilla Cowie (Ngai Tahu ki Puketeraki, Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu)
Priscilla is a painter who is passionate about revealing contemporary Maori experiences through the medium of acrylic paint. Cowie hasexhibited widely within Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu, and has also shown her artwork in Spain, the United Kingdom and the Solomon Islands. Priscilla has been actively involved in wananga toi (art workshops) and other international indigenous art forums. Priscilla has completed a number of public commissions including seven bronze eels as part of the water feature for the pou Herenga Waka situated outside the Christchurch Civic building, Te Hononga. Cowie is based in Pines Beach, Kaiapoi, North Canterbury.
Tai Kerekere (Ngai Tahu, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Nga Puhi)
Artist and designer, Tai Kerekere, began his career through carving and restoration of marae over 15 years ago and has been creating art ever since. Tai graduated from Toihoukura 1998 and was a founding member and manager of the gallery ‘Ukaipo’ in Gisborne. Tai is a trustee on his marae at Pakowhai. Tai’s work is inspired by his heritage and influenced by the many Maori leaders who have helped shape our culture and nation over the past century.