Story: Contemporary Māori art – ngā toi hōu

Ko ‘Deep Water’ nā Kāterina Mataira (3rd of 2)

Kāterina Mataira, 'Deep water'

This painting was completed by Kāterina Mataira about 1957. At that time she was teaching in Northland as one of the itinerant arts advisers to primary schools in a scheme set up by Gordon Tovey in the Department of Education. Like other Māori artists, she sought to bring together Māori art traditions with modernist work. Later Mataira became a leading advocate for Māori-language education and was made a dame for her work.

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Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, 'Contemporary Māori art – ngā toi hōu - Beginnings of contemporary Maori art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, published 22 Oct 2014