Artist research

10 Jan

1.Robyn Kahukiwa

Robyn Kahukiwa is a leading Maori artist who was born in Sydney in 1940, and moved back to New Zealand in the late 1950s. Kahukiwa’s paintings are often strongly politcal, they address the ”double oppression of Maori women” by the social structures of the dominant Pakeha culture and the changes in Maori traditions. She paints strong Maori women who can act as role models for the younger generation.

2.Dick Frizzell

Dick Frizzell was born in 1943, and he is the artist based in Hawke’s Bay. His work is best described as expressionist pop in its appropriation(kitsch kiwiana icons) and incorporation of them into his cartoon-like paintings. He often adopts unfashionable painting styles,(and he doesn’t stay in one style.)  Also, he is responsible for the lithograph ‘Mickey to Tiki’, and it becomes the best selling print in New Zealand. It portrays a cartoon ”Mickey Mouse” changing in stages to a ”Tiki”.

3.Weston Frizzell

Weston Frizzell is the  group name of Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell.

4.Norval Morriseau (March 14, 1932 – December 4, 2007)

He was an aboriginal Canadian artist and also known as Copper Thunderbird, people also call him ”Picasso of the North”.
Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his culture, people and the political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions. His works are full of existential struggles, deep spirituality and mysticism. Also he loves using thick black outlines and bright colours as his own style.

5.Jane Ash Poitras

She is a Cree artist who was born in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta in 1951.  Her mother died with tuberculosis when she was six years old , so she was raised by an elderly German-Canadian lady, at a time when ”people did not take too kindly to Indians”  She was raised in the Catholic church(with different cultures and languages). Her works had a strong spiritual component, which facilitated the transition to a Native spirituality in the her adult life. She collects media from newspaper, magazine and books and combine with her cultural painting on canvas, which makes it really unique.


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