Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Butterfly Orcastra


As a play on words, the title ‘Butterfly Orcastra’ describes this work as a visual symphony of combining something so very small and delicate as the Red Admiral butterfly with an enormous and powerful predator like the Orca to create an optical harmony much like the musical blends of the wind, string and percussion sections would in a symphony orchestra.

This concept talks about how all the creatures of the world exist together and although sometimes in extreme contrast to one another, each has their own purpose and beauty in their own right. It takes all creatures great and small to play their part and ensure that this planet of ours retains its Mauri (life force) and keeps revolving.

The same goes for all peoples of the world no matter what colour, creed or cultural connections, we must simply respect the diversity of others and acknowledge our own individual uniqueness in order to move forward into a peaceful and prosperous future.

Todd Couper

Todd Couper


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.