I'm working on a new series at the moment exploring colour. With colours inspired from the feathers of a Tui.
Not too sure how this will pan out but enjoying dusting off the brushes and getting back in to my practice.
My little studio has been a bit too chilly with Winter and all but loving the new space and desk made by the Huzzy.
I timu noa te tai
Ever since 2003 when I first started studying at A.U.T, I have had the privilege of being mentored by one of the most highly regarded leaders of Ngai Tūhoe - Chaz Doherty. Each time we visit Chaz and his whanau in Te Ureweras we are reminded of the values and philosophy of tikanga Māori. This time when we visited, I truly understood what it means to have these values and philosophies immortalized in the form of tā moko.
This work explores the beauty of Maori culture. The figures you see are joined together in hongi, the traditional way for tangata whenua (local people) to greet manuhiri (visitors). The hongi is a symbolic reference to the first breath of life that was issued to Hineahuone (the female element who comes from the soil) by the Guardians and shows the coming together of the two groups to be united as one.
Just a little sneak preview of my drawing process for the exhibition :P Got a good feeling about this one!
Hey peeps!! Wow, I am amazed at the positive response I have had on Facebook to these latest paintings. Thanks for all the lovely comments and here's hoping they get accepted in to the NZ Art Show this year.
I felt like doing a piece that had a bit of colour in it, so I took Roy Lichtenstein's Little Big Painting (1965) concept of enlarging the brush stroke and put my "style" on it to produce this. The use of red and gold paint gives my lounge the pop that it needs :)
Sylvia Ji makes beauty look so effortless #jealousofsuchawesometalent