Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

The Feat of Maui and His Brothers

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“The days were extremely short, there was never enough time to get all the daily chores completed. The sun was arrogant and would race across the sky as he pleased. Maui and his brothers devised a plan to capture the sun, when they did this they beat the sun until Tamanui o Te Ra agreed that the days will not be so short”.

16 x 15.75 x 0.25 inches Jade

2.75 x 16 x 5.75 inches Base

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Māori

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”