c o n t e m p o r a r y m a o r i a r t i s t
J a m e s H e n r y A t u t a h i
All my pieces are hand carved, though I reproduce some,
as they are my 'bread & butters'
or have been commissioned,they are all individually carved
and have that personal touch.
James grew up in Maketu on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
met and married his Stepfather (Dad) who is of Te Arawa, Rangiteorere.
the ocean in general have featured predominantly in James’s life.
This took his mind off the waves and gave him a creative outlet.
(creating many surf trophies for New Zealand surf competitions).
Since then his art has evolved into an eclectic mix of both.
the forms and symbology borrowed from the past for contemporary Maori Art.
custom wood as it is the most versatile medium for the effect and designs he prefers.
He works from his studio (garage) and stocks eleven Art Galleriesin New Zealand.
James is regularly invited to exhibit with others and his Artworks are held in international
private collections including an 8ft long, 60kg surfboard carving shipped off to Oman.
My Pieces can be viewed and bought from the following Galleries
Helena Bay HELENA BAY GALLERY
Queenstown KAPA DESIGN GALLERY
Cambridge HERITAGE GALLERY
Hanmer Springs MAJUBA GALLERY
Taupo KURA GALLERY
Auckland KURA CONTEMPORARY ETHNIC ART
Hot Water Beach MOKO
Wellington KURA CONTEMPORARY ETHNIC ART
Taranaki KINA DESIGN AND ART SPACE
Ohope Beach 4 ARTSAKE
Whangarei BURNING ISSUES
Mt Maunganui 'STARBUCKS'
Mazda Art Works at HILTON HOTEL in Auckland
The Toi Maori Art Exhibition 'Te Tau Ranga'; The Gathering, the Coming Together' in Tauranga
2004 / 2005
Montana Jazz Festival Art Exhibition in Tauranga.
‘Rangiãtea’ (seeds of Maori) at THE DEPO ARTSPACE, Devonport in Auckland.
‘Children of Tangaroa’ at ARTSPOST in Hamilton
‘The James Henry Atutahi Exhibition’ at ZOHAR in Mount Maunganui.