USO 10

Tuffery, Sheyne
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Sheyne Tuffery is a multi-media visual artist of Samoan, Rarotongan, Ma’ohi Tahitian, Cook Island and English heritage.

Working across the practices of painting, animation and printmaking, he is best-known for the dynamic style of his prints and woodcuts, often envisioning Polynesia as a futuristic urban utopia. In his work he explores the coming together of cultures, representing his own Pacific cultural heritage and the energy of a multi-cultural society. Uso is the Samoan word for brother. This image is part of a series depicting tribal patterns, fauna and flora in graphic relief.

Sheyne Tuffery (born 1970, Wellington) received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in 1995 and Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2000. Since then he has received many awards, residencies, and commissions, with his works held in public collections in New Zealand and in Washington DC and Michigan, USA. Tuffery was the CoCA Massey University Pasifika Artist-in-Residence, 2014, and his work has shown at the University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, 2014, City Gallery Wellington, 2013, and Monash University, Australia in 2011. Tuffery founded and directed LeSa Gallery in Petone from 2007-12 and is known for the many murals painted around Wellington city streets; the Wallace Street Mural, Rongotai Airport Subway, Taranaki Street Arlington Apartments, and the Kilbirnie Tramway Mural. Tuffery lives and works in Wellington.
Woodblock gouache
Image: 700 x 500 mm
Framed: 860 x 647 mm
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