Tony Bridge

Tony Bridge

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Tony Bridge is a Māori artist (Te Rarawa, Ngati Wikitoria) from the Hokianga region of Northland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. His whakapapa (genealogy) traces back to an ancestor who arrived on the first voyage of the great Polynesian navigator, Kupe, around 975AD.
His work follows the ancient spiritual traditions of his people, taught to him by various tohunga (traditional healers), and the subject matter bases itself upon the unique world view of the Māori people.
He describes what he does as Whakairo Ma(a)rama, or carving with light.
Initial captures are made with a digital camera, but the carving is done digitally, using techniques he has developed himself.. Then the work is fixed in space and time using a high-end inkjet process and the finest cotton rag paper available.
He writes:
" When I came home to Hokianga at the age of 63, I was following in the footsteps of my tupuna (ancestors), both genetic and artistic. Like them I came with a kete (basket) of expectations and prior knowledge, expecting to be able to employ it here. And, like them, I watched as Hokianga emptied that basket and filled it with her own kai (food)."

Whatungarongaro he tangata, toitu he whenua
People pass, but the land remains
~whatauki (proverb)

Ka Awatea, Hapanga
Ka Awatea, Hapanga
  • 61 x 88 cm
  • NZ$1,750.00
Ara Wairua, Te Rerenga Wairua
Ara Wairua, Te Rerenga Wairua
  • 610 x 888.5 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Tohu, Motukaraka
Tohu, Motukaraka
  • 61 x 87.7 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Te Paki 1
Te Paki 1
  • 61 x 89 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Taniwha, Waima
Taniwha, Waima
  • 61 x 73.9 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Hoar Frost and Road, Ranfurly, Central Otago
Hoar Frost and Road, Ranfurly, Central Otago
Sold
  • 88.9 x 61 cm
Patupaiarehe
Patupaiarehe
  • 89.17 x 61.08 cm
  • NZ$2,500.00
Anahera 1, Hokianga
Anahera 1, Hokianga
  • 61 x 75.5 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Evening, Wedderburn
Evening, Wedderburn
  • 61 x 87 cm
  • NZ$1,500.00
Ngapuke
Ngapuke
  • 61 x 89 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Wairua, towards Motukiore
Wairua, towards Motukiore
  • 61 x 89 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Maunga And Hau Kainga, Omapere
Maunga And Hau Kainga, Omapere
  • 61 x 75.3 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Wairua, Atua Peruperu
Wairua, Atua Peruperu
  • 61 x 89 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Inaianei 1
Inaianei 1
  • 61 x 89 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Wharf, Te Karaka
Wharf, Te Karaka
  • 61 x 88 cm
Tupuna, Te Karaka
Tupuna, Te Karaka
  • 61 x 89 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Towards Motu Kiore
Towards Motu Kiore
  • 61 x 75 cm
  • NZ$1,725.00
Ice, Coalpit Dam
Ice, Coalpit Dam
  • 61 x 88 cm
  • NZ$1,500.00
Tree in snow, near Naseby
Tree in snow, near Naseby
  • 61 x 87 cm
  • NZ$1,500.00
Tawhirimatea, Manuherikia
Tawhirimatea, Manuherikia
  • 61 x 88 cm
  • NZ$1,750.00
moemoea
moemoea
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  • 61 x 88 cm
Portent, Maniototo (after Roerich)
Portent, Maniototo (after Roerich)
  • 88 x 61 cm
  • NZ$1,750.00
Snow and telephone poles, Maniototo
Snow and telephone poles, Maniototo
  • 610 x 885 cm
  • NZ$1,500.00
Ice and Recognition, Coalpit Dam, Naseby
Ice and Recognition, Coalpit Dam, Naseby
  • 61 x 88.7 cm
  • NZ$1,600.00
Main Divide, Canterbury
Main Divide, Canterbury
  • 610 x 885 cm
  • NZ$1,500.00