karaka
emily

Emily Karaka was born in Auckland in 1952 where she continues to live and work. She belongs to the Tamaki Makaurau hapu (sub-tribe) of Ngai Tai. Karaka has exhibited regularly since 1980 and cites artists Colin McCahon, Philip Clairmont, Allen Maddox, Ralph Hotere and Tony Fomison among her mentors. Karaka is a well-known land claims activist, and is respected as a strong force in the Maori art movement of the 1980s.

Karaka paints in an expressionist style characterised by vibrant colour and heavily applied paint. Her work is guided by her whakapapa [genealogical links], and has focused on humanitarian and environmental issues, notably the Treaty of Waitangi. "Passionate, expressive, gritty, challenging, simultaneously celebratory and confrontational - these are words that often describe her work." (1)

In recent years Karaka's paintings have become less overt in her political message and more optimistic, reflecting the vitality of Maori contemporary society, which she describes as 'our new dawn'. While the work still deals with issues such as loss of language, disempowerment and land loss, the outlook is more confident and the approach more considered, with a focus on reviving and maintaining matauranga Maori [Maori knowledge systems].

(1) Tamati-Quennell, Megan (2002) 'Taiawhio', Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Papa Press.

Click here to see Karaka talk about her painting.

new works

3 - 21 July 2012

"The issues that I'm always discussing are economic, social, and environmental. Land rights tie back to the basis of justice in our country, the covenant of the country, the korowai of the country." In the last couple of years Emily had directed her brush towards Auckland's 'Super City'. Her works speak of our obligations to protect our city environment, our hilltops, our waters, from the clutches of commercial interests.

settlement

14 July - 8 August 2015

On the eve of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki's settlement, Emily Karaka's exhibition Deeds and Settlements explores the Crown’s settlement process, old land claims and Turton Deeds transactions which alienated lands and islands from the Tribes of Tamaki.

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Ohuirangi, 2015. Oil on kauri board. 1000 x 1000mm

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Right of First Refusal, 2015. Oil on canvas. 1000 x 1000mm

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Mahurangi - Maungauika and Takaranga Purchases, 2015. Oil on kauri board. 1000 x 1000mm

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Rangitoto, 2015. Oil on kauri board. 1000 x 1000mm

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Tiriti Settlement Process, 2015. Oil on kauri board. 1000 x 1000mm

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Te-Tatua-A-Riukiuta, 2015. Oil on kauri board. 1000 x 1000mm

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Otahuhu and Rarotonga, 2015. Oil on kauri board. 1000 x 1000mm

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Matukutururu, 2015. Oil on Kauri board, 1000 x 1000mm

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Ko-Au-Te-Awa, 2015. Oil on canvas. 1525 x 1010mm

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Settlement, 2014. Oil and mixed media on construction paper. 970 x 1550mm

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Manaia, 2014. Oil and mixed media on construction paper. 1240 x 1900mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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