Monday, 14 June 2021

Numa Nature's Gentlemen


B and I spotted this mural on the side of one of the buildings in Taupo when we were there in April. As part of the Taupo Street Festival of 2017 it was painted by Pasifika artist Numangatini Mackenzie - his art centres on the exploration of urban space and the processes of building connections to his heritage. His research engages with literature on Oceanic art, museum collections as well as collaborations with living practitioners of art forms ranging from tatau, painting and spoken word to voyaging/navigation and street art.

Numa was born in Canada where his hunger to understand his culture grew, which prompted him to move the Cook Islands in 2009. His move gave Numa the opportunity to grow family ties and his understanding of cultural arts. 

Linking up with Mural Monday.

11 comments:

Tom said...

...this is fabulous!

William Kendall said...

Wow!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Simply amazing. Loved the geometric background, too.

Tigger said...

At first i found it slightly scary but its growing on me. Looking closely at the face changed my perception of first impression.

Sami said...

Great find Amy, love the geometric background and colour that allows the dark mural to stand out.
Thanks for contributing to Monday Murals.

bill burke said...

Amazing!

smkelly8 said...

So inviting.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love this one Amy and really like the angle you took your shot from, excellent image ✨

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, hand me a hand! Great mural.

magiceye said...

Like the spiderman! Brilliant work!

carol l mckenna said...

That is quite the mural ~ great photo ~

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