Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Arnold Manaaki Wilson, 2004

Arnold Manaaki Wilson, 2004

Arnold Manaaki Wilson was a key figure in the school of non-traditional Māori carving that arose in the 1960s. In 1955 he became the first Māori to graduate from Auckland's Elam School of Arts. Together with contemporaries such as Ralph Hotere, Para Matchitt and Selwyn Muru, Wilson engaged with international movements in modern art to develop new forms and functions for Māori carving and other media. 

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Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - Carving in urban environments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43112/arnold-manaaki-wilson-2004 (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014