Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ahurei Brown


  • Medium: cast glass
  • Size: 10 × 2.5 × 1.5 inches
  • Edition: 5
  • Reference Code: KX50915

Ahurei brown glass maquette of Te Ahurei o Waikato sculpture is a celebration of 1000 years of occupation of the Tainui people on their land and represents tribal identity deriving its name from the time of the arrival of the ancestral canoes.

Lyonel Grant

Lyonel Grant


Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Arawa

(1957- )

An honours graduate from New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, Lyonel trained under master carver John Taiapa. In 1984 he carved the meeting house Matapihi o te Rangi in Tokoroa and Ihenga in Rotorua (1993-96). Since then his work has become more sculptural: it explores the tensions between customary cultural traditions of art located on the marae (gathering place) and contemporary art styles found in the gallery; between modernism and Māori art; between different materials; between substance and space.