Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Harry Nua
Harry Nua has been attending Māpura Studios since the beginning of 2015. Harry enjoys working with acrylic on canvas. He likes creating comics and people. He also enjoys using charcoal and pencil. His work is very strong. Harry likes creating dragons and other characters.
Harry makes assemblage sculptures that he paints, as well as being a strong ceramic artist. Harry is also confident with paint media. His subject ranges from personal heroes to cartoon figures and myths.
Harry attends Open Studio 1 on Monday morning and Becoming an Artist on Tuesday morning.
In the Open Studio’s, 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 given guidance in the use of media and techniques. They are encouraged to try out new and different ideas and mediums, and where appropriate, are introduced to professional artist-models as points of reference. Artists are encouraged to express the things they feel and think - and to tell their personal narratives through the language of visual imagery. The facilitation is person-centred and accommodates each artist’s unique experience and perception.
Becoming an Artist is a dynamic programme aimed at youth and adults who want to extend their creative capabilities in imaginative and innovative ways within a range of diverse art making processes. This programme delivers a particularly vital, stimulating, community-centred and social environment. It is particularly suited and orientated to youth. Tutors respond to the individual interests and learning needs of each person. They introduce a diverse range of media (painting, sculpture, print-making, drawing, and clay-work), demonstrating techniques and methodologies, assisting artists to grow their skill and knowledge base.
Harry has been creative for about 4 years, and loves attending Māpura Studios to further his art practice. Harry leads a very busy life outside of Māpura Studios. He likes to chill out and go on the computers at IDEA services in Veronica St, New Lynn on Fridays. Every Thursday he attends a Literacy and Learning course at Unitec, and Harry has a scholarship for Recreate Orchard project which he goes to every Wednesday. Harry also plays in the special Olympics Basketball team on a Monday night.
Harry loves everything about Māpura Studios, especially seeing his art work on display through Māpura Studios Exhibition Programme. A portrait of Harry featured in Māpura’s So Much There Is exhibition at Studio One Toi Tu in September.
Harry wants to keep on coming to Māpura. He enjoys being part of the creative community.