Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
7.

Pepeketua

by

  • Medium: tōtara
  • Size: 3 × 8.5 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: KX121101

“The four remaining species of New Zealand native frogs stem from the very ancient and primitive frogs dating back 70 million years. Over this time these small nocturnal frogs have changed very little. They have many unique features and are very well camouflaged in their environment. This work shows the pepeketua (New Zealand native frog) camouflaged into a maple leaf. It represents the two lands, two peoples and the importance and values we put on our native flora and fauna.”

Todd Couper

Todd Couper

Māori

Ngāti Kahungunu

(1974- )

Todd attended Te Aute Boys College in Hawkes Bay from 1987 to 1991 and quickly excelled in art. In 1995, he completed the Diploma of Art, Craft and Māori Design at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua; he majored in woodcarving/sculpture and graduated with honours. It was during this time that he met Roi Toia, who was teaching there. Roi, impressed with his talent, invited Todd to apprentice with him. They continue to work together, but Todd has forged his own style and direction in carving, with commissioned pieces residing in collections in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. He participated in Kiwa: Pacific Connections (2003) in Vancouver, Canada.