|Red Paua - M04126|
Acrylic, mixed medium on canvas
New Zealand paua is the local version of abalone, but has a dark meat which, when removed, reveals a shell interior with spectacular metallic blues and greens. This painting is a stylized version of a paua shell, with metallic oranges, purples and reds instead of the traditional colors. In my latest works I have experimented with varying themes on paua shells. This is to begin to explore the relationships early Maori must have had with naturally occurring themes and images (paua, unfurling fern fronds etc) when creating their art works, and how this developed into the art forms and styles we recognize as Maori today.