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Tuihana

Original painting Sold, acrylic and flashe on canvas
1630 x 1080mm (including frame), 2016

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

This painting of Aotearoa's native tui, along with the piece "Ngahuia" of the same size, which Minson painted concurrently, "flowed beautifully and was a joy to create" according to the artist.

Sofia with paintings Ngahuia and Tuihana

Her process for both works started with loose, black, ink-like washes for the body of the bird using a vinyl, water based paint called flashe. The mustard yellow background, representing the tui's much loved kowhai flowers was then filled in, and lastly came the fine detailing in white to give Tuihana a regal, ornate quality. The triangle patterns that make up the branch are based on tāniko designs that are found in decorative Maori weaving used to decorate the borders of fine garments. The substantial wooden frame was chosen to bring out the bird's character, giving the impression of a traditional human portrait. 

The two sister paintings "Tuihana" and "Ngahuia" both have names that are fairly common for Maori women. This is another element that suggests personality and harkens to human portraiture.

Sofia's bird and landscape paintings bring her own attention to precious parts of the natural world that all of us, as kaitiaki or guardians, must work to protect. Huia birds are sadly extinct but we still have the tui and this painting celebrates the vitality of this gorgeous, playful bird that can often be found bouncing around harakeke (flax) and kowhai branches.

Limited edition print

Limited edition of 95 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 780mm high x 477mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  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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