BLOG

MEET THE ARTIST

Paora Tiatoa

MEET THE ARTIST

Get to know Paora Tiatoa while also getting a sneak peak of his work that will be showcased in his solo exhibition at ORA Gallery on October 29.  Paora Pictured In His Studio Paora is an artist of Ngapuhi and Ngati Raukawa descent, currently living and creating his prints on Matakana Island. He works in his very own quirky studio, with half it being inside a 40 ft shipping container and the other half being his lounge! Māori Go Round Original Print by Paora Tiatoa Paora originally painted abstract shape formations, but switched to contemporary Māori art as a senior in...

Read more →


ON THE WALL

ON THE WALL

Juliet Best "The joy of expression - big swooping background moves of brush and paint over canvas, then careful respectful strokes for detail, letting the buttery paint slip and slide into the spaces it should fill.  To create something visual is a powerful handmade and heartfelt experience"  Matairangi Oriental ArohaOriginal Painting by Juliet Best Gold-leaf, Inks, Glazes, ImpastoWhite Border 126 x 82cm$3500 This gorgeous new painting titled ' Matai-rangi Oriental Aroha' celebrates the last of the evening sun with hints of magenta and violet in the shadows, and a great day overlooking our capital city! The view is inspired by...

Read more →


IN THE WINDOW

IN THE WINDOW

Check out this new beauty by Serena Buonaguidi-Haynes titled 'Rockpool' currently featured in the window at ORA.   Rockpool is from Serena’s modern mermaid series. It is all about the isolation of the figure but surrounded by her bird protectors and the safety cocoon of being underwater. The fish are koi and they are often described as living jewels. The cormorant symbolises nobility and are considered a good luck charm.  Rockpool Original painting by Serena Buonaguidi-Haynes 100 cm roundMixed media and oil on canvas $2500   Serena's paintings have a mythical aesthetic, often being perceived as whimsical, ethereal and dream-like. Serena's...

Read more →


MATARIKI 2020

Amber Smith Brett Rangitaawa Paora Tiatoa Paula Coulthard Rebecca Larsen Shane Morris Wiremu Barriball

MATARIKI 2020

Matariki 2020 is set to be an exciting time across Aotearoa. Much of Wellington city will come together to reflect, celebrate and renew. Matariki festivals will range from events, exhibitions, performances and opportunities to learn more about Māori tikanga and culture. Here at ORA we are celebrating the 7 days of Matariki by showcasing 7 diverse and talented kiwi artists. As legend tells, Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) used to lie in a tight embrace with their children stuck in the darkness between them. Their tamariki (children) were torn on whether to separate their parents, as their parting...

Read more →


ON THE WALL

Peter Latham

ON THE WALL

During the late 80’s Peter Latham dreamt of becoming a landscape photographer as he would capture the incredible scenery on his Canon T70. Peter realised his dream after a bicycle expedition touring New Zealand’s beautiful and rugged South Island. He spent the following years travelling the world as a photographer on cruise ships, until returning home to New Zealand in 2003, where he began experimenting with images on canvas. 

Read more →