Ditching the spatula for a paint brush

Taroi Black
  • Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Te Tai Hauāuru

I mua ko te whakataetae tunu kai o My Kitchen Rules tana kai, heoi ko te kai hōu mā Paul Rangiawhia ko te mahi toi. Me te aha, kua whiua ki rahaki te koko mō te paraihe peita, i roto i tana whakaaturanga toi 'Out of the Darkness', me tā te turi o Ngāti Ruanui whakahau ake, koinei ko te ara tika mōna. 

Tēra te whakaaro he mātanga ke i tangia enei mahinga toi. Engari kua kotahi tau noaiho te ringataa nei e mahi toi ana. 

Hei tā Paul Rangiawhia, “Out of the Darkness began for me after seeing a book of Maori art and it was photographed by a famous New Zealand photographer called Brian Brake.”

E rima ngā mahinga toi a Paul Rangiawhia kua hokona atu, he whā mano tāra te wariu mo ia mahinga toi. He kiriaku kua tāpaetia ki runga i te papa.

Ko tā Rangiawhia, “And I was really stuck with the imagery and it was very powerful and really strong. So I knew I wanted to do something with it, I just didn't know what, so I incorporated this beautiful imagery with some ideas I had especially around nature.”

He kanohi rongonui i kitea mo te wā poto i runga i te hōtaka o My Kitchen Rules, ko rāua ko tōna hoa whakataetae a Laurence Corlet te kapa tuatahi i pana.

Hei tā Rangiawhia, “The My Kitchen Rules was a great launching path to get my name out there, around the country side. As i moved into art this is my first full-time job as an artist.”

Kei Allpress Gallery i Tāmaki Makaurau ōna mahi e whakaaturia ana i ēnei rangi whakatā, he whakaaturanga i ngā momo tāonga Māori me ngā kararehe Māori hoki. 

Ko tā Rangiawhia, “What I've done there we've got the pekapeka, obviosuly the native bat and so I positioned the ruru on top of the appendant and the ruru is the native predator off the pekapeka. So it looks like a beautiful piece but there is that element of life and death.”

E kore te rā e tō mo tēnei uri nō Hāwera i a ia ka whakarite nei mo tētahi kaupapa hou e pā ana ki ngā kaupapa e hāngai pū ana ki te rangatahi o naianei.