Event date: 31/05/2024 - 31/07/2024 Export event
Ngā Manu o Tāne - Louis Mikaere
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Ngā Manu o Tāne - Louis Mikaere

Puanga Matariki Art Exhibition - Te Māra Toi

Louis Mikaere (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Haua) was born in Tauranga Moana and lived on Matakana Island.

Ngā Manu o Tāne is his first solo exhibition at Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne as part of the Puanga Matariki sanctuary celebrations and will show throughout June and July in Te Māra Toi Gallery.  “I thought his work was an interesting offering, a combination of the classical beauty of his subject, through an indigenous classic and contemporary lens with a “street cred” type of edge, says Lead Bicultural ranger Terese McLeod.

Drawing on themes of kaitiakitanga, reclamation and inspired by climate change, Louis selected 10 sanctuary manu to create original artworks from. Mātauranga Māori, whānau, kōrero and blending traditional Māori motifs, symbols and graffiti concepts are foundational influences with signature hall marks of colour, vibrancy, realism and detail expressed on canvas, through digital media, and, ballpoint pen work featured in this collection to create drawings, inspired by the idea of unconventional ways in which to create, regardless of knowledge or barriers. 

Louis moved to Wellington to start a new chapter with his whānau, but he didn't realize that it would ignite his passion as an artist.  After working as a labourer for less than a year, he decided to study art, graduated and has built up an impressive body of work, list of exhibitions and public murals featured around Wellington, Auckland, and Tauranga.

Passionate about using his art to spread awareness of mental health including suicide in Aotearoa and to make a difference in the world drives Louis.  ‘I was interested in Louis’s work around hauora which is what this sanctuary offers and aligns with the research led by CEO Dr Danielle Shanahan and the Centre for People and Nature, that nature has significant health benefits for us”, says Terese.

Zealandia is delighted to warmly welcome Louis.


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