Kia Tau, Ake Tonu

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Oil and earth pigments on canvas
985 x 1185mm (image); 1150 x 1350mm (frame)

Inscriptions: TITLE "KIA TAU, AKE TONU" / OILS, EARTH PIGMENT, ON CANVAS / Star Gossage 2013 [verso]

Kia Tau, Ake Tonu shows the artist with her daughter in the landscape at their home in Pakiri, north of Tāmaki Makaurau. The title can be loosely translated as ‘forever calm’ or ‘let there be calm, forever’.

Exhibition History

Mau Āhua – Portraits by Contemporary Māori Artists, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 4 November 2016 to 14 February 2017


Purchased from International Art Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau, November 2020. Formerly in a private collection, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, having been acquired from Page Blackie Gallery, 2014.

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