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Artist: Uenuku Hawira

Uenuku with chainsaw at the 6th Whakaaro Whakairo Sculptural Symposium Ōtaki 2022 working on Tumanaia.

Kia ora whānau! I'm Ue..I'm from the Waikato and Whānganui..sculptor/carver/tattooist/professional artists for 20 years. I'm in a private studio near Tuakau. Sculpting mostly in wood, I've carved all sorts of different materials in search of contemporary designs that reflect an ancient connection, sleek and elegant design flows formed in ancient native timbers, that seek too break up the rectangular boredom of postmodernistic I love art mahi and thoroughly enjoy pushing my techniques to new limits, constantly learning with each taonga.


I'm looking foward to seeing everyone at the Symposium this year, humble blessings everyone, ngā mihi..Ue.

Tumanaia - For the empowerment of others. Swamp Kauri. Collection of Mary and Harry

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