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Artist Profiles » Paul Deacon's Maori Artefact Paintings

Paul Deacon's Maori Artefact PaintingsPaul’s fascination with Maori tribal art was aroused while visiting the Auckland museum looking for inspiration for his more traditional marine style paintings.

“I was naturally drawn to the large waka in the museum and then by the cases displaying intricately carved bone and paua fishhooks and fishing lures. I took a sketchbook and jotted down their basic forms. Although there are many types of hooks on display their design or shapes had to be eye catching and pleasing for me to portray them on canvas. When I think of this a little more it strikes me how unique each one of those hooks displayed are. Their owners must have treasured the hooks, crafting them with great attention to detail, creating beautiful yet functional objects.”

“I was then fascinated with the intricately carved Maori artifacts including meeting house decorations, door panels, taiaha and other weapons. I really feel humbled at times to witness the intricate patterns and designs used by their makers. I see them as a reminder of a different time and place, of something spiritual and full of meaning to ancestors long gone from this earthly world. To many they may seem challenging, frightening and perhaps brutal but the fascinating thing is that their creators possessed rare and exceptional skills to portray these figures, beliefs and stories through their hands and onto bone, stone and wood“.

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