Designed & printed on the sunshine coast, queensland
Having come from an artistic family of carvers, musicians and weavers, it was inevitable that I would follow the same path. It is a part of my family, it is a part of me.
My brothers and I grew up around old cars, that love was inspired and comes from my father and uncles.
I try to paint these cars with a semi surreal/semi photo realism effect. A mixture of both static and movement. The foreground being a static image of the car and the background being a ‘bokeh’ style. This forces the eye into the illusion of depth. It is my homage to these classic cars, that are as cool today as they were when I was a four year old boy.
When I was 21, my parents gave me a taonga (treasure) carved by my uncle Walter Searancke. I would stare at that Taiaha (traditional weapon) for hours. That inspired me to learn whakairo (traditional Maori wood carving). My style of painting is combining traditional Maori art forms with natural forms and textures that I see while hiking, while in the ocean. It could be as simple as looking at tree bark or a rock formation.
I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel, I am re-telling stories that have been around since the beginning of time. I am telling these stories through my eyes and paying my due respects to our Tipuna (ancestors).