The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is excited to present our second fusion exhibition
of small masterworks by artists from the three cultures that we represent:
Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand), First Nations of the Northwest Coast and
Inuit of Alaska and Northern Canada.
We sincerely believe in the cross-cultural connection between aboriginal artists
and over the last eight years have built our reputation on this philosophy. The
world is becoming increasingly smaller as artists fly in to attend overseas
conferences, cultural gatherings, and artist workshops. Many of these artists are
participating in art collaborations or securing international commissions. Artists
communicate through their art — bridging frontiers, languages and cultural
boundaries. These lines are now becoming blurred as cultures also often share
similar techniques, subject matter and designs.
The positive response, from both the participating artists and our viewing
clientele, expressed how much they enjoyed the first Mini-Masterworks
exhibition, inspired us to curate this collection. The original theme of securing
memorable small gems remains the same, but with the idea of changing the
mix by introducing different artists, exploring new directions, and providing a
The Maori continue to reveal their versatility with artists creating exciting
contemporary artworks in traditional materials of pounamu (jade), wood and
harakeke flax, as well as in ceramics, metals and paintings on canvas.
The depth of artistic talent is also very evident in the Northwest Coast
collection, with both the master and the younger artists producing
extraordinary smaller works from frontlets, rattles and model totem poles, to
intricate silver, gold and multi-inlaid argillite jewellery.
The Inuit, traditionally a nomadic culture who excelled in small amulets,
continue to demonstrate their natural inclination towards miniatures. This
wonderful selection of traditional and contemporary carvings has been made
in a variety of materials by artists living across the Arctic, from Alaska in the
west to Labrador in the east.
We are also very excited to have the support of Denise Wallace, a renowned
master Aleut jeweler from Alaska, whom we have admired and respected for
many years. She is a natural fit, with her close personal connection with many
of the Maori and Northwest Coast artists exhibiting in this collection.
It is truly a pleasure building this cross-cultural exhibition as we continue to
discover new artists and unique artworks. We hope that you will be amazed
with this collection as much as we are.