Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Te Kaieke Tohorā • Whale Rider


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), Siberian jade, pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 9 × 8.5 × 3 inches
    Size: 13 × 8.5 × 3 inches (on base)
  • Reference Code: KX111101

This sculpture was completed by Lewis Gardiner to represent Maori pounamu jade art from New Zealand and was exhibited in two international jade festivals in Santa Barbara and Jade Cove, California USA, during May to September 2011.

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


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.”