James Ormsby

Lately I visited Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. Their museum and Catholic church (St.Patrick's), contain nineteenth century busts of local Maori - Tangatahara, and Frenchman - Bishop Pompallier. These two objects immediately haunted me - and became a starting point for this evolving body of work.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 17 February 2015
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 8 March 2015
  • Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm

 

"As an artist, you get the opportunity to write the world - or create the world -
that exists in your fantasies. It's a really beautiful thing to do."   (Lena Dunham)
"As an artist, you get the opportunity to write the world - or create the world - that exists in your fantasies. It's a really beautiful thing to do."   (Lena Dunham)

 

James affiliates with the iwi; Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato, Te Arawa and Ferguson Clan. He graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 2001 from the RMIT University, Australia.

Since 1998 he has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand and Australia. His work is considered to be a significant voice in contemporary Maori art, expressing cross-cultural issues and contemporary interpretations of Maori culture. At the same time, James pushes the boundaries of drawing traditions, producing works which are at once grand, imposing and highly personal.

Recently, he has held major solo exhibitions at through out New Zealand. His work is held in many of the major New Zealand and Australian collections including The Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa o Tongarewa (Wellington), the Waikato Museum (Hamilton), The University of Melbourne.

 

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