Collection: NOA HAMANA

Noa hamana (b. 1998) is a British-Māori painter whose art pays homage to traditional Māori arts that were stolen, lost, destroyed, and appropriated during Aotearoa’s colonisation. His works fuse the past with the present, historical information with contemporary critique, encouraging the viewer to listen and contemplate, to find the common thread which binds us together whilst seeing, understanding, and appreciating our unique differences.

His work sits on the principle of utu, of restoring the balance, an eye for an eye. Each painting holds fragments of forms, figures, patterns, and motifs with the ancestral mark, piecing them into loud and uncanny expressions, making them familiar to the descendants of today. Their dreams and their nightmares are brought back to life and given back. From object to subject.