As well as his nine-to-five job as Porirua City Council’s general manager of community services, Darcy Nicholas is kept busy with painting and sculpting for clients such as Mick Jagger, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and international museums and galleries around the world.
Nicholas has been exhibiting since the mid-1960s, with his work mainly bought by international buyers, but he has just opened his first exhibition in the Wellington region in many years.
‘‘ This is an opportunity for people to see some of my latest work,’’ he says.
The exhibition, Land of My Ancestors, opened at the Mount Marua Gallery in Upper Hutt, is his most comprehensive yet.
‘‘My paintings are based on the physical and spiritual side of existence’’.
The contemporary Maori artist works in conceptual images picking up on issues of history, land rights and an undying commitment to Maori culture, and the place of Maori in New Zealand and the world.
The exhibition is fitting during the Rugby World Cup, he says, since he has had a long involvement with Wellington rugby.
In younger days Nicholas played senior rugby for Hutt Valley Marist for 10 years.
He went on to coach the side for two years, and to coach the under12 Stokes Valley rugby team.
The display shows at the Mount Marua Gallery in the Expressions Art and Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt until October 16.
Exhibition of identity: An exhibition of work by leading contemporary Maori artist Darcy Nicholas, Land of My Ancestors, is on display at the Mount Marua Gallery in Upper Hutt.