Manapouri artist shows work

Maori artist Rua Paul shows two of his latest collection of acrylic landscape paintings from his Te Ahi Kaa collection which were exhibited in Te Anau at Labour Weekend.

TE ANAU had the experience of viewing the works of prominent Maori artist and Manapouri resident Rua Paul at Labour Weekend.

It was his latest collection of seven large acrylic landscape paintings, entitled Te Ahi Kaa – a lit fire.

“This is a term used by my people that kept their fire burning to cook food while they occupied the land,” he said.

“Unsurprisingly, the visibility of fires came to symbolise continuous occupation of their newly discovered lands Te Ahi Kaa Toa (long burning fires).”

The paintings’ foreground frame the layers of mountains with glimpses of settlement, he said.

It was the first time Paul had exhibited his paintings in Te Anau but has previously exhibited in galleries in Christchurch, Queenstown, the Bay of Islands and Wellington.

Paul is a highly respected Maori artist with more than 45 years’ experience in carving, sculpture and painting. His carvings can be seen in meeting houses, including five major meeting house projects in Auckland, hospitals and public places throughout New Zealand.

He first started painting about 2000.

“The exhibition was very well received and was an exciting chance to show this selection of work which has never been shown before. It was an amazing space to show my work.”

  • You can view some of Paul’s work at The Art Hub Town Centre, Te Anau, or to contact him phone 0274 77 7782 or email