Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Ruru Puaki • Owl Emerging from the Stone

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“The ruru (owl) in many iwi (tribes) is a guardian of the land. The owl emerging from the pounamu cobble acknowledges the responsibility as kaitiaki (guardians) we have to the land, waters, floral and fauna.”

Lewis Gardiner

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.”