Fired paint on custom wood - 90 cm x 180 cm x 240 cm
" This poutokomanawa or meeting house ridge post is an ongoing part of the korero that the Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum has with Ngati Kahungunu, since the Te Maori exhibtion. Bryant supports this cultural dialogue by painting his sculpture ' tutae whetu ' blue, a colour made significant in the presentation of taonga by contemporary Maori artist, Sandy Adsett. The text, 'bias', has been figuratively painted in the form of a hei tiki and a phallus to reflect gender issues also generated by Te Maori ".
Chris Bryant Born 1970 Maori ( Ngati Porou )
Sculptor Chis Bryant was brought up in Waikoau, Hawkes Bay, he attended Tamatea High School, Napier. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam, University of Auckland in 1999.He is currently completing a Master of Maori Art and Design at Massey University. He works as a lecturer of Contemporary Maori Art and Design, Massey University in Wellington and has been a member of the Te Atinga : Maori Visual Artists Committee since 1993. Bryant has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and in Great Britain. He has works in public collections in both Wellington and Auckland.