Artist Profile: Ela Tukuhaukaua

 

Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Ela Tukuhaukaua 

 

 Ela Tongan Dancing at Mapura Studios

Ela Tongan Dancing at Mapura Studios

Ela Tukuhaukaua has been at Māpura Studios for about 2 years, but did a music course for about 4 years, which was run by Māpura Tutor Stefan Neville.

Ela is a creative soul who’s positivity radiates out to all those around her. Ela enjoys everything that is creative.  Her creativity has become a way of life for Ela Tukuhaukaua.  The artist enjoys painting and ink work and creative writing.  She finds creativity a good way to deal with stress, anger and anxiety and Ela really enjoys throwing paint onto paper.

Ela attends Studio Practice on Wednesday morning at Māpura Studios and is considering joining the Creative Music course run by Māpura Studios.   Studio Practice is aimed at our more experienced, long-term artists. They work in a self-directed manner, identifying and developing ideas of their own choosing; they are encouraged to gather resources and undertake simple research towards their work. Many of the artists become very enthused about this – and are dedicated in their research, exploring new ideas and ways of working not only in the studio but at home. 

 Ela Tukuhaukaua, Tiki and Paua, 2017

Ela Tukuhaukaua, Tiki and Paua, 2017

She enjoys colouring in books, and designing / imagining wedding dresses, the type that Cinderella would wear.  

 Ela was born in New Zealand, but travelled to Australia and Tonga.   Her life in Tonga has helped shape and develops Ela Tukuhaukaua’s creativity and art practice.  She likes playing music and dancing in the Tongan way.  Ela demonstrated this at one of Mapura Studio’s end of year Christmas parties in a Hula dress that Ela made.

Ela enjoyed studying Maori culture at school, and made kites. 

 Ela Tukuhaukaua, Untitled pencil drawing, 2017

Ela Tukuhaukaua, Untitled pencil drawing, 2017

Ela was as a teacher aide at Mt Richmond School in Otahuhu and other schools in South Auckland.  This also involved supporting art classes, helping children to draw. 

Ela enjoys learning and developing new skills.  She has studied a number of courses at Manukau Institute of Technology, which has focussed on life skills and keeping well.  The course have included Art course,  Life skills, Gardening,  and  Sexual harassment.

Ela really likes showing her work through Māpura Exhibition Programme and selling her works.  She loves coming to Māpura, meeting other people and seeing their art work. 

 

 

Artist Profile: Leonie Brunt

 Leonie Brunt, Polynesian Paradise, 2017

Leonie Brunt, Polynesian Paradise, 2017

Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Leonie Brunt

Leonie Brunt has been attending Studio Practice class at Māpura Studios for about 14 months.  She likes painting on canvas and likes producing works for her nephews and family.  Leonie draws images from her mind, and writes words onto the artwork.

Studio Practice is aimed at our more experienced, long-term artists. They work in a self-directed manner, identifying and developing ideas of their own choosing; they are encouraged to gather resources and undertake simple research towards their work. Many of the artists become very enthused about this – and are dedicated in their research, exploring new ideas and ways of working not only in the studio but at home.

 Leonie Brunt in the Studio

Leonie Brunt in the Studio

Much of their work reflects their personal experience and unique perceptions of life. They are encouraged in individualistic styles of working – and are introduced to elements of contemporary art practice. Many artists write accompanying narrations to their work – sometimes this verse is included within their imagery.

Making art at Māpura helps to keep Leonie’s stress levels down and keeps her mentally stimulated.  Leonie’s family inspire her to make art, as they are all creative and Leonie finds Māpura a great place to develop her own creativity.   She now takes more, considered time when creating her artworks.  Leonie would like to do portraiture and to do scenery artworks in the future.

Leonie enjoys learning new skills, connecting with people and seeking advice from Māpura tutors. She also enjoys writing poetry.  

"Mapura is a creative space for people of mixed ability to hone their skills", says Leonie.

 

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT: Emma Charraz

Emma has been at Māpura Studios for a few years now.

 Emma Charraz, Untitled Green with Lines, 2017

Emma Charraz, Untitled Green with Lines, 2017

She likes using lots of different mediums. “My favourite is paint. I like to get into my painting and get lost in it.  I’m inspired by nature”

Emma loves to sing and dance and has been creative all the time.  She loves making art outside of Māpura as well as in the studio

ARTIST STATEMENT: Ela Tukauhaua

 Ela Tukauhaua, Aroha, 2016

Ela Tukauhaua, Aroha, 2016

Aroha – Ela Tukauhaua

When I first came here I was a bit shy but when I came I knew some people so I felt all good so I started painting and I felt all good.  The first time I was painting a Maori lady she was really sad.  She was named Aroha.

Anyway she dress and had a Maori coat on with a pounamu stone.  She was crying because she was thinking about her friends because she hasn’t seen them and that’s why she cried.

 

Artist profile: Noeline Bosley

Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Noeline Bosley

 Noeline Bosley in the studio

Noeline Bosley in the studio

Noeline Bosley has been attending Māpura Studios for a long time. 

Noeline enjoys a creative life, attending two Māpura classes per week.  Open Studio Two on Tuesday afternoon and Open Studio Three  on Thursday afternoons.    Noeline is also a regular church goer.

 Garden, Noeline Bosley, 2016

Garden, Noeline Bosley, 2016

The Open Studio classes provide a simple, dynamic format for art activities. They offer a supportive, empathetic learning environment for artists to develop a sense of creative community and be involved in meaningful creative industry. Art tutors / therapists encourage artists to be self-directed, to explore content of personal interest and significance, and to develop their own, unique style.  

Artists are guided in the use of media and techniques and encouraged to try new ideas and mediums; to tell their personal narratives through the language of visual imagery.

 Noeline Bosley, Untitled abstract, 2016

Noeline Bosley, Untitled abstract, 2016

The facilitation is person-centred and accommodates each artist’s unique experience and perception.

Noeline’s family inspire her artmaking process.  Noeline loves flowers and she draws inspiration from the gardens of her brother and sister.  Noeline’s art is inspired by the plants and creatures of her family’s garden.  Her work has a vivacious, lyrical quality with dabs of colour dancing across the surface of the work.  Noeline is currently exploring dry media to keep the graphic strength of the initial drawings from being transmuted into her colour-scapes, in order to extend her practice.

Noeline’s artwork is regularly selected for exhibitions, and she loves seeing her work being exhibited through Māpura Studios Exhibition Programme.  Noeline says she absolutely loves Māpura Studios and would love to come all the time if she could.

 Noeline Bosley, Been over at Brian and Jill's, 2016

Noeline Bosley, Been over at Brian and Jill's, 2016