Boy and Friendly
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- Artist Bio
This is Shane as an infant. He is seen embracing a large friendy (tiki/taniwha), like a teddy bear. As a youngster he was very unfamiliar and scared of his maori heritage. Aspects of the maori culture were seen as evil and unwelcome. He know embraces his culture and get's encouragement in return (friendy places a friendly hand of support on his leg). The bandage symbolizes the healing taking place. The chin moko (usually reserved for maori females) is an acknowledgement of his feminine side, the shoes a symbol of innocence.
Shane was often confused for a girl - which has been portrayed here - with the image of the child being ambiguous. The smile exhibits an acceptance and a relief to be comfortable with one's self at last.
45 x 30cm
50 limited edition screen print on 300gsm fabriano stock.
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Shane started his career as a self-taught fashion designer, setting up his own label at the age of 19, then going on to work for labels such as Canterbury International and Town & Country Surf Designs. His flair for fashion is evident in his work, through beautiful flowing lines and the use of tactile textures.'I want people to engage with my work in more than one way. I want them to touch it and smell it, as well as view it. By doing this they feel more connected to the piece and feel a sense of familiarity with it.'Shane works in many mediums such as wood, glass and metal which he sees as a reflection of his multi-cultural make-up. He mainly paints on plywood as the grains, knots and blemishes have a history, tell a story and bring a special depth to his work.'"An artist is what I am. It's taken me a few years to get here, but now I have arrived. My journey has just begun and I want others to come with me. I love doing what I do, I love being who I am. My family is my life and so is my art. I will do this till the day I die - or chop my hands off with the skill saw!'