Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Ruru • New Zealand Owl

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  • Medium: tōtara
  • Size: 7 × 5 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: K71101

Its cry can pierce the still of night
small in stature, though swift in flight
the Ruru awakes as darkness does fall
the spirit of our ancestors resound in its call.

Todd Couper

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.