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Pouakai

Original painting Sold, 700 x 1800mm, oil on canvas, 2006

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

This painting was motivated by Sofia’s deep respect for the land and mythology of Aotearoa / New Zealand. The primordial scene evolved from her surreal imaginings of a world out of time. On the canvas Sofia describes her dreamscape, which freely explores new relationships between ancient creatures, gods and lands. Papatuanuku (earth mother) lies quietly and sensuously beneath the South Island’s Torlesse Mountain Range. Forces of masculine and feminine are balanced as the shapes of the foreground \/\/ and the distant mountains /\ complement one another.

The now extinct Pouakai or Haast Eagle soars from the left of the painting over the naked hills, preparing to fulfill its legacy as the largest, deadliest bird of prey in the world. Until its demise in c.1400 AD, this creature weighing up to 15kg with a wingspan of 3 metres lived on the South Island of Aotearoa. Pouakai were known to prey on large, flightless bird species. To the right of the painting stands a Moa, alone and exposed.

As a snapshot of a moment in an artist's imagination, this painting aims to provide the viewer with inspiration for their own reverie. Secret, boundless universes can be created in response to Sofia’s initial, personal vision of an Aotearoa detached from space and time.

Special Limited Edition Print

Pouakai comes in a special limited edition print of just 30. Prints are on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 214mm high x 1800mm wide and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist Sofia Minson before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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