ARTIST STATEMENT: Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee, Flowers, 2018

Bryan Lee, Flowers, 2018

Bryan Lee has been at Māpura Studios for 2 and a half years.  He likes to draw cartoon characters and paint them.  Bryan likes being able to paint with paint or to colour in with crayon or coloured pencils. 

Bryan has been creative at a very young age.  He started colouring picture books, then went on to shapes and sometimes abstract.  He also liked finger / hand painting.

“Yes, I do art with my buddy every Saturday.  We draw a picture, following the Art Hub on Youtube and then paint the picture.”

Bryan Lee, Chinese Lantern, 2018

Bryan Lee, Chinese Lantern, 2018

Artist Profile: Colin Harris

Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist, Colin Harris

Collin Harris in the studio

Collin Harris in the studio

Collin Harris has been attending Mapura Studios since 2018.  He likes screen printing, abstract works, figures and masks.  He likes the creative atmosphere at Mapura, and the creative input by the tutors.

Colin has been creative since the age of 10, through school.  He enjoys taking photos and does a lot of drawing when he’s not at the Studio. 

Colin attends Studio Practice on Wednesday morning at Mapura 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.

Colin Harris, Two Brothers, 2018

Colin Harris, Two Brothers, 2018

 Colin gets inspiration for his art works by looking at what other Mapura artists create,  and just goes with the flow when he’s at Studio Practice.  Mapura feels like a family atmosphere and is very supportive.  Since attending Mapura Studios, Colin has more confidence and more outgoing.  It’s been great for his health, meeting new people.

 Currently Colin likes to create faces and masks on paper with oil sticks, pastels and ink.  Each work is vibrant and unique.

Colin, Allyson Hamblett, 2019

Colin, Allyson Hamblett, 2019

Colin Harris, Still Life Masks, 2018

Colin Harris, Still Life Masks, 2018

Colin is now creating larger paintings, and loves seeing his work exhibited.  Colin also volunteers to support artists in the Leading a Creative Life class on Thursday morning.  Colin feels that Mapura is a great space to explore creative ideas.

Artist Profile: Matthew Tucker

 Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Matthew Tucker

 

Matthew Tucker has always loved numbers and patterns and he’s been able to develop this passion by creating geometric paintings at Mapura Studios for   13 years.  His paintings are abstact, but very structured and detailed.

Matthew Tucker

Matthew Tucker

He first started art at Mt Roskill Grammar School.  “I started when I was at secondary school.  I did 5 years of that.    At school, I had an hour a week, whereas here, because I’m here twice a week I have 4 and a half hours per week.”

Matthew attends Studio Practice on Wednesday morning and Open Studio One on Tuesday morning.

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

Matthew Tucker, Floating Dots, 2018

Matthew Tucker, Floating Dots, 2018

Open Studio One offers 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.   

Recently, Matthew has started doing art at home using a sketchbook and pencil. 

Matthew Tucker, Fiesta, 2018

Matthew Tucker, Fiesta, 2018

Matthew loves seeing his art exhibited through the Mapura Studios Exhibition Programme.  “It feels fabulous.  I feel as if I’m wanted in the art world”, says Matthew. 

"I’d tell them that ultimately I have great fun completing art.  I’d also tell them I enjoy the company.  I’d also tell them that I exhibit a lot and I’m famous (laughs).  I have no idea how they would react. "

 

ARTIST STATMENT: Ululau Ama

Ulualau Ama, Sasia, 2018

Ulualau Ama, Sasia, 2018

Ululau Ama was born in Samoa.

Ululau is Samoan and Tuvaluan by race.

Ululau Ama, Bowling and Billards, 2018

Ululau Ama, Bowling and Billards, 2018

Educated in Samoa and in Auckland, he has epilepsy and some Intellectual disability.

Ululau loves art and music.

“The man cries because he loves his plants. The bloom of his plants are ruined by Natural Disaster – No rain just a lot of Sun. Plants die because there is no water.”

Artist Profile: Allyson Hamblett

Allyson working in the Office

Allyson working in the Office

Allyson has been working at Māpura Studios as Media Assistant since 2008, and has also been a Māpura artist since 2002.

The Media Assistant role involves cataloguing digital copies of the student’s artwork, cataloguing photo’s from the classes and profiling Māpura artists for the website.  “I’m in a unique position at Māpura.  I work in the office on Wednesdays and attend my art class on Thursdays”.  She loves the creative energy at Māpura; that comes from the other students and the tutors.

Allyson Hamblett, Waimamaku Café, 2018

Allyson Hamblett, Waimamaku Café, 2018

Allyson is currently working on a landscape, “Boatshed Café in Rawene”.  “I had lunch a few times there with my parents a number of years ago, so I wondered whether I could capture the Boatshed Café on canvas.  I think I have”.  The Boatshed Café painting is part of a series of landscapes in Northland, particularly Hokianga where her parents lived for over 20 years.   It’s a special place for her family, but everyone I’ve shown the artwork to has recognised where it is.

Allyson paints with acrylics, and draws her image with charcoal.  She tends to pick difficult scenes that involve perspective because she is fascinated by how a 2 dimensional piece of canvas can be transformed into a 3 dimensional scene.  “I love being able to create an art work that has a sense of depth and perspective”

Allyson Hamblett,  Mum, 2015

Allyson Hamblett,  Mum, 2015

Allyson Hamblett, Let's see who's in the Square today, 2017

Allyson Hamblett, Let's see who's in the Square today, 2017

 

Allyson also loves painting portraits.  She painted her father in 2015, and painted her mother in the same year.  “I took mum up to Studio One to see her portrait exhibited and  I think she was very pleased”.   Portraits are amazing to create because you see the character of the person gradually emerge on the canvas, and it’s sometimes not until the final highlights are added to the portrait that the character finally emerges.  Noses and eyes are the trickiest part of the face to paint.

Allyson is  the chair of the Local Advisory Committee of Auckland CCS Disability Action and is also on the board of Outline NZ.