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Tau Ihu in Mist and Light

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 244 x 500mm, 2011

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

This mystical seascape lined with Nikau Palms depicts the north of the South Island’s wild west coast.

It looks south to Karamea from the mouth of the Heaphy River and is seen by trampers as they reach the coast after their trek through Kahurangi National Park.

A Pouakai Eagle emerges from the light and soars over the waves. This majestic creature with a wingspan of up to 3 metres went extinct c.1400 A.D.

Legend has it that Maui, the great Polynesian navigator, fished up the North Island of New Zealand with his magic fishhook. The South Island is known as Te Waka a Maui, The Canoe of Maui. The northern region of the South Island, the place that inspired this painting, is known as Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui, The Prow of Māui’s Canoe.

In this work, a place of mystery and light is created at the point where the ocean meets the ancient prow of Maui’s waka, Te Tau Ihu.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 269 x 550mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. 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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