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About the Artist:
For Heather Jonson, as a Maori, European, New Zealand artist, art is a holistic expression of wairua, the life force of creation. In Maori culture every object and living being in this world and any other has its own mauri or 'life principle' thus from a Maori perspective each work of art has its own mauri which includes the wairua (spirit) and mauri (uniqueness) of the artist as well as of the whenua (land/place) from which it comes. In the Maori world the skills, ideas and wairua of those who have gone before and have influenced the current works are also honored as are the materials used. For Maori the materials also have their own mauri and as such are treated with respect and gratitude During the making, there are points, where the artist lets go of intent and allows the process of exploration to discover the path to the work's completion. When a piece is completed the artist then sends it out into the world where the work begins a life of its own. As it moves through space and time and from hand to hand it becomes imbued with the wairua of all those who have connected to the work which deepens its mana (respect/value).

Black Tiki

  • This piece features a (black) Tiki which is a carved ornament usually worn around the neck and is a traditional Maori design which personifies a human being of great mana ( respect). The background of painted patterns is taken from a meeting house on the artists marae ( traditional meeting place/village). Available for purchase: A reproduction of a 18" x 24" Acrylic Painting. Purchasing a Contemporary Art Gallery Online reproduction is an easy way to revitalize a dull room, create an area of discussion, show your personality, and more. Art is appropriate and more importantly encouraged, for every room in your house? including the bathroom! Create wall collections from floor to ceiling, ascending the staircase, or choose oversize pieces to consume a wall. No longer are there right and wrongs, to hanging art. The trend today is to show your personality and you through the art you have chosen. Blank walls are out! Art always makes a difference. Great art turns a house into a magnificent home, showcasing the amazing you! Let us help you create your dream room and more importantly your dream home. Let us help you find that art that truly speaks to you!

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