Original painting by Sofia Minson
Oil on canvas. 1460 x 2060mm.
This little boy could be from so many places in the world. Sofia met him basking in the sun on the side of the road in 2008 during her travels to Tbilisi, Georgia in Eastern Europe. The way he lay there serenely observing the world, reminded her so much of the relaxed lifestyle of rural Maori kids back home in New Zealand. Whenever she visits her Ngati Porou homeland on the East Cape of the North Island during summer, Sofia encounters similar chilled out local kids watching the odd car go by or waiting to do bombs off the side of the bridge into the river.