Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
David Taylor

David Taylor

Māori (Taranaki Tuturuu, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi)

(1963- )


I was born in Palmerston North and spent my formative years growing up in Auckland. I am now living in Whangarei (North Auckland) with my wife and two children.

Carving has been a large part of my life for the past 23 years, after being handed a piece of bone and some needle files from a friend. The immediate connection was quite profound. With no formal qualifications, most of my techniques have been learned by doing, having always been artistically inclined things seemed to progress naturally.

My preferred mediums are bone, shell, wood, stone, muka (flax fibre), metal and clay. At present, however I try not to restrict myself too much and am quite open to trying new materials. Inspiration comes from nature, history, people the land the ocean, space, time and life, In particular creationist theories of my Māori ancestry.

I have also been fortunate enough to have crossed paths with many creative and inspirational people throughout the years and thank them for their guidance. I am currently exploring various colouring techniques in bone, adding a new dimension to this medium. I am involved in local community arts initiative “Toi Kupenga” Artists network promoting new and established artists in and around Whangarei.


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