Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tū Tika • Stand Correctly

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Customary tribal carving styles exhibit the stance of the warrior when carrying out the posture dance (Haka). The eyes are fixed, chin up, chest out, back straight, legs strong. Stand True, Stand Tall, Stand Correctly – Tū Tika!

—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.”