June Grant-Maori Artist Tribal affiliations/groups:
Te Arawa Tuwharetoa Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao
Probably the biggest factor in my decision to continue painting and making artworks is my sense of responsibility to my tribe, both to my ancestors and their art providing much of my inspiration, and to the future generations, my children and grandchildren for whom I continue the art tradition.
All that I value in art terms is encompassed in the art forms manifested in the wharenui (meeting house), the whakairo (carvings), the turapa (woven panels) and the raranga (weaving).
I feel fortunate to be living and working in my own tribal area. My ref- erences and resources are right on my doorstep, not to mention the counsel and encouragement of my kaumatua (elders).
Kotahi Mano Iwa Rau Wha Tekau Ma Iwa Nineteen Forty Nine (2004) 1450 x 1135 mm acrylic on canvas
Hine-nui-i-te-Po Ancestress of the Night (2003) 1100mm x 750mm acrylic on canvas
Te Haerenga The Journey I (2003) 1100mm x 750mm acrylic on canvas
Kimihia – Te Arawa Festival Exhibition Te Arawa Convention Centre – Rotorua, New Zealand
Kamakakuokalani - Center for Hawaiian Studies University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu
Rahera : Tribute to Rahera Windsor New Zealand House, London, England