Educated in Hamilton, New Zealand, Fred trained as a teacher, focussing on the arts. He worked as an art specialist in schools in the Rotorua and Northland districts of New Zealand, then taught art to teachers. An important figure in Māori art since the early 1960s, he has participated in most major exhibitions of contemporary Māori art, including “Te Waka Toi: Contemporary Māori Art,” which toured the United States. His paintings and sculptural works are many and varied, some dealing with controversial issues, such as the continuing loss of Māori land, although his central themes are inspired by Māori traditions and legends.
He is acclaimed in New Zealand as a leading contemporary sculptor, and he is still completing commissions for private and public spaces. Major works can be found in the Auckland High Court Building and the National Archives building in Wellington, as well as in public libraries, city plazas and urban park spaces throughout New Zealand and abroad. In 1986, he visited Canada as part of the International Carvers Exchange, carving Eagle with a Salmon for Port Alberni in British Columbia. In 1996, he completed a commission for the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington. He participated in “Kiwa-Pacific Connections” (2003) in Vancouver, Canada, and completed a solo exhibition at the Thornton Gallery in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Excerpt from Manawa—Pacific Heartbeat, 2005.
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