He Rises from the Riverbed
Original painting by Sofia Minson
Oil on canvas. 1080 x 1810mm (including frame)
God of the forest and progenitor of mankind Tāne Mahuta, in the form of a giant, gnarled old kauri tree, rises from a surreal riverbed of boulders along with other elongated kauri, ponga ferns and nikau palms.
Pouakai eagles - a native bird with the world’s largest wingspan of over 3 metres that went extinct c.1400 A.D. - soar through the forest acting as guardians.
The prehistoric New Zealand forest is bathed in the first glow of Te Aō Mārama or The World of Light, which in Maori creationary tradition came into being after Tāne separated earth and sky.