Ances­tral ex­hi­bi­tion


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.

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