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Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Michael Parekowhai is one of New Zealand’s most important contemporary artists. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, his work is held in significant public and private collections in New Zealand and Australia, as well as in several permanent collections across the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe.

Parekowhai draws on an abundant range of both vernacular and collective vocabularies which he manufactures into the narrative structures and formal languages of his work. Although key themes are introduced species and culture, the potential political dimensions are downplayed. Ideas of camaraderie, tools of teaching and childhood learning, as well as quotations from the canon of modern art history and popular culture openly play out in many of his works.

Born in Porirua (near Wellington) in the North Island of New Zealand in 1968, Michael is of Maori (Ngati Whakarongo) and European descent. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1990) and Master of Fine Arts (2000) from the University of Auckland (Elam) School of Fine Arts, where he is now Associate Professor of Fine Arts. In 2001 he was awarded an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate. His art practice and exhibition history spans almost two decades.

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Kapa Haka (maquette) by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiKapa Haka (maquette), 2015 automotive paint on polyurethane
41 x 17 x 13 cm
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The Bosom of Abraham, #2 by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiThe Bosom of Abraham, #2, 2004 fluorescent bulb, Italian light fitting and screen printed vinyl
130 x 22 x 8 cm
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The Song of the Frog by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiThe Song of the Frog, 2005 automotive paint on fibreglass
30 x 240 x 60 cm
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The Moment of Cubism (Pallet) & Nude Descending a Staircase (Tree) by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiThe Moment of Cubism (Pallet) & Nude Descending a Staircase (Tree), 2010 hand-finished bronze, patina. Tree size: 120 x 45 x 45cm, Pallet size: 15 x 118 x 88cm.
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Constitution Hill by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiConstitution Hill, 2011 polychromed bronze
110 x 35 x 35 cm
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Two Drifters, Off to See the World by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiTwo Drifters, Off to See the World, 2011 fibreglass, automotive paint. two parts: 140 x 48 x 45 cm; 150 x 48 x 40 cm.
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Two Drifters, Off to See the World by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiTwo Drifters, Off to See the World, 2011 fibreglass, automotive paint. two parts: 140 x 48 x 45 cm; 150 x 48 x 40 cm.
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A Critique From Within by Michael Parekowhai contemporary artwork Michael ParekowhaiA Critique From Within wood and gold plated steel
84 x 40 x 50 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Parekowhai, When We Dream at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery,
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10 September–13 October 2018 Michael Parekowhai When We DreamRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... at Jonathan Smart Gallery,
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5 June–7 July 2018 Group Exhibition Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ...Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

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Maud Page Ocula Conversation Maud Page Deputy Director, Collections & Exhibitions at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Maud Page is Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Her position oversees all aspects of the Gallery’s curatorial activities, and is directly responsible for the management and development of the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. She has been instrumental in the...

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In pictures: Encounters at Art Basel in Hong Kong Related Press In pictures: Encounters at Art Basel in Hong Kong The Art Newspaper : 24 March 2017

Space is paramount in the Encounters section of Art Basel in Hong Kong, where each large-scale installation occupies up to 100 square metres. But time is equally important to Alexie Glass-Kantor, the curator of Encounters for the third year running.

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Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Related Press Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Art Almanac : 16 March 2017

From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to today's most contemporary artists in three specific categories: Galleries,...

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Two Works in One Related Press Two Works in One EyeContact : 15 March 2017

The arrival of a substantial new public artwork in the downtown centre of New Zealand's largest city is always an exciting occasion, but the 'opening' of Michael Parekowhai's The Lighthouse on the waterfront - on Queens wharf, at the base of the main street - is such that you would have to be made of solid rock not to get a real thrill. The work's...

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Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art Related Press Christchurch Art Gallery reopening will reunite city with art The Press : 16 December 2015

Christchurch people are about to be reunited with an art collection hidden from sight for nearly five years. The reopening of the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday will mean the city's art collection will be on display once again. The collection has been in safe storage since the gallery closed after the February 2011...

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