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Stan Walker

$550.00 - $7,500.00 From $550.00

Original oil painting on canvas, 910 x 505mm, 2012

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

Stan Walker (Tuhoe, Ngati Ranginui, born 1990) grew up on a marae in Mount Maunganui. He had a rough childhood, which he has compared to the 1994 Once Were Warriors film.  Walker’s parents were drug dealers and have both spent time in jail, he got involved in drugs and thieving himself and was sexually abused by a relative. After several violent episodes his family moved to Queensland and being inspired by his passion for music and church, Walker went on to win Australian Idol in 2009.  Since then his music career has gone from strength to strength with number one hit singles and three albums under his belt.  

Minson is a fan “I admire his resilience, spirit and voice, plus I feel a sense of pride that he’s a talented Maori making a success of himself on the international stage.” Minson says she is “interested in painting creative and inspiring Maori people who are helping to evolve today's culture through their own art forms or roles in society.”

Since 19th century New Zealand artists such as Lindauer and Goldie, there has been a surprising lack in the tradition of Maori oil portraiture. While Minson is inspired by their works, she says her contemporary Maori portraits “are far from Goldie’s recordings of a vanishing race” and are intended to fill an important niche for for her generation.  As a Maori artist of mixed heritage (Ngati Porou, Swedish and Irish) she uses the traditional Western medium of oil on canvas to show contemporary Maori as a vibrant and evolving people.

This painting was part of Minson's 2012 solo exhibition at Parnell Gallery. Watch this Maori Television feature on the show:

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 550mm high surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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