Wairua Kotukueditions

Shane Hansen


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  • Artist Bio
  • The Kotuku are a stunningly beautiful native. An important part of Maori mythology, they are believed to be from the spirit world and are used as exemplars of rarity, grace and beauty. Being the tallest of our living Natives, standing on average, 3 foot high they are well adapted to their environment which is mainly lake shallows, swamps, estuaries and lagoons of the South Island.Their ability to withstand the different weather conditions they are confronted with, is something of note, as they can't just tuck themselves away from the elements. With a shining appearance and statuette physique they easily draw admiration from all those that have the privilege to see them in the flesh. When they spread their wings to take flight, their majesty and understated royal quality is on show and is truly a sight to behold.

    Dimensions: 1000 x 500mm

    Archival giclee print on 320gsm Sihl archival stock

    50 limited edition prints signed and numbered

    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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