For background on the artist and works, see below.
Tupaia’s Map, the Last Place, Meretoto Jan 1770
Where is Tupaia? Meretoto June 1773
Toroa Toroa Toroa
Ula for the Polynesian Skull
Moana Hawaiiki Nui “Puriri’ Lua I
Polynesian Rugby Tasi
Otakau Oma Mountain Hare
Tu Meke Transforma
Matariki Fatu Pe’a
Koru Whetu Matariki
Kuki Airani Matariki
Manu Atua Ma’ohi
Pe’a Manu Atua
About the Artist“Manuia le aso. Kia orana. Ia ora na. Greetings. I’m Michel Tuffery, a New Zealand-based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian heritage. My kaupapa within my art practice is the role of working “in between” as a connector by placing a fresh lens on environmental, community, cultural and art historical divides. I had the benefit of being in the first wave of artists with Pacific ancestry to work within the contemporary art world and we all came to prominence in the early 1990’s. I’ve sustained an amazing art career, with incredible platforms to engage myself creatively all over the world. As an active participator in contemporary culture my artwork is curated into major international exhibitions and commissions. Having undertaken numerous research and community residencies throughout the USA, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Asia, India, Australia and much closer to home Aotearoa and proudly the Pacific.” Michel aka Tuffs (http://micheltuffery.co.nz/about-michel-tuffery/) Michel Tuffery was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to art in 2008.
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