Māori girl

United States

Size: 30 H x 30 W x 1.5 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil

Māori Girl by Lisa Elley. 2013. Palette knife painting in oil. 30 x 30 x 1.5 Inches. Growing up in rural Rotorua, New Zealand, I was exposed to the charm of many a beautiful, witty, strong and resilient Māori girl. In recent years New Zealand has seen a resurgence in the traditional practice of ta moko - the permanent body and face marking of the indigenous Māori people.
This unique tattoo form is being embraced by Māori men and women, as a sign of their cultural identity and a reflection of the revival of the Māori language and culture. Traditional ta moko is distinct from tattoo because the skin is carved using uhi or chisels rather than punctured with needles, leaving the skin with grooves rather than a smooth surface. Abundantly more painful! Just ask Rihanna, she had it done on a recent trip to New Zealand.

Keywords: Portrait, Moko, Palette Knife, New Zealand, Maori, Māori, Maori Girl, Palette Knife Painting, Indigenous, Native

Subjects: Portrait

Styles: Abstract Expressionism

Mediums: Oil


Prints: Portrait Art Prints, Abstract Expressionism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints

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