Te Tui Kowhai

Shane Hansen


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  • The tui looks so sublime and proper, perched erect on the branches of the kowhai. at least that's how he looked until he tongued the sweet, slightly fermented flowers of the kowhai. this is the 'before' shot of what was to come. he baits me with his floral breath intoxicated on the sweet kowhai liqueur. Tumbling with his bed fellow on the grassy carpet the times are good in this summer garden of fun.

    Dimensions: 60 x 60cm

    50 limited edition screen print on 9mm hoop pine (framed on reverse)

    Please allow 3-4 days for dispatch

  • 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!'

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