Wharepuke 11

Artist: Anton Forde

Connection to the land, majesty of nature, and a fascination with themes universal to ‘first nation’ cultures; these are the greatest influences on Anton Forde’s work.

Forde began carving when he was aged 18 and studied art under such influential sculptors as Paul Dibble, Gary Whiting and Paul Hansen. While at Massey University, the Māori Visual Arts Programme was being founded, which served to validate his chosen path.

Forde has since spent extended periods living in his Nanna’s (Taranaki- Ngati Ruanui) part of the country, with the majestic Maunga Taranaki ever-present, and in Ireland where he discovered ancient inspirational art themes. He now calls Waiheke Island home where he, his wife Karle and their son Te Kōmako and daughter Tūī, can be close to their family.

 

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