Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
About Tepora Watene
Art and the Artist: I practice various painting and drawing styles; "˜realism' to portray a person, scene, or event, "˜archetypal expressionism' to depict ancient legends and history, "˜expressionism' or "˜abstract' to convey emotions or a message. I've produced surreal and abstract surreal commissions. My abstract and expressionist works sell readily. Currently I am working on a collection of portraits for a future solo exhibition. Whilst my main medium is acrylic, I also work with water-color, pastel, conte, graphite, charcoal, ink, grounds, gels and various impasto mediums. Influences: Ancient art. Maori; carvings, weaving and art. Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Monet, Cezanne. Te Reo Maori Greeting: Tena koe, ko Aroha te maunga, ko Hauraki te moana, ko Matai whetu te marae, ko Marutuahu te iwi, ko Matene Te Nga te Rangitira, ko Tainui te waka, ko Watene te whanau, ko Ralph McKenzie te tane, ko Tepora te ingoa, Kia ora. English translation: Hello to you all, Aroha is my mountain, Hauraki is my sea, the name of my Marae (meeting place and home for tribe)is 'Matai Whetu', my tribe is Ngati Maru (Marutuahu), the name of my paramount chief is 'Matene TeNga', Tainui is the name of the vessel my ancestors migrated to New Zealand in, Watene is my maiden/Maori family name, my husband is Ralph McKenzie and I my name is Tepora, I wish you well. Biography: I am a 52nd generation Maori New Zealander and direct descendant to my tribe's paramount chief; Matene Te Nga. I began exhibiting and selling my art in 2005, and now work from 'Toi Toi Studios' located in the foothills of Mt Pirongia, overlooking the Waikato. https://www.facebook.com/TeporaWateneVisualArtist http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/tepora-watene/87/179/769/ http://toitoistudios.blogspot.co.nz/
2007 Art Foundation Course; Learning Connexion, Wellington
2005 Art & Painting; Tutor - Pam Watson, Hamilton
69 – 72 Otahuhu College, Auckland; Pianoforte, Music, Latin, French, English and Science.
2013, 'Peoples Choice' - 'OSFA Exhibition’; Gallery Artisans, Hamilton
2006; ‘Go Figure’ Group Exhibition; Mixed Media Art Gallery, Hamilton
2006 ‘Forsaken’ Solo Exhibition; SupaNova Studio Gallery, Gordonton.
2007 ‘Forsaken’ Solo Exhibition; Empire Gallery, Cambridge.
2007 ‘Forsaken’ Solo Exhibition for King Tuheitia, Hukanui Marae Gordonton.
2008 ‘Coastings’ Group Exhibition; Arts Post Gallery, Hamilton.
2008 'Pirongia Annual Art Awards' Group Exhibition, Pirongia.
2009 Solo Exhibition; Pirongia Art Gallery, Pirongia.
2009 'OSFA Exhibition’; Thornton Gallery, Hamilton.
2011 'Amiorangi Group Exhibition'; Thornton Gallery, Hamilton.
2011 'OSFA Exhibition’; Thornton Gallery, Hamilton.
2013 'OSFA Exhibition’; Gallery Artisans, Hamilton
2015 'Group Exhibition';Birdsong Gallery, Pirongia.
2015 'Group Exhibition'; Leadlight Gallery, Ohaupo.