Artist Profile: Bronwyn Waipuka

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Ko Kohoata te Awa
Ko Uriti te Moana
Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ko Rangitane, Ko Ngati Porou oku Iwi
Ko Bronwyn Waipuka-Callander ahau
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Bronwyn Waipuka-Callander is a contemporary Maori artist based in Waipu, Northland.

Art has been a significant part of my life because as far as I can remember I have always been creative in some way or another. Largely self-taught, my experiences have included exhibitions both in Australia and New Zealand.
My current style and medium is in the form of giclee fine art prints which I produce through graphic illustration. Recent themes and kaupapa (ideas) for my work have come from the concept of Mana Wahine (female divine energies) with particular emphasis on Papatuanuku (Mother Earth). With many of my female images I like to create a kind of ‘multiple’ story telling, stories that not only portray strong female characters, but have that historical or mythical Maori element to them.
Inspiration comes from reading about leading women in Maori history, Atua Wahine (female deities) and female role models within my own Whanau and Whakapapa (genealogy). Influences have also come from my interest in researching and learning about the affects of post colonialism on Maori culture.
I am very fortunate to be doing something I am passionate about which is largely due to the love and support of my husband, Richard. I am also grateful for the ongoing encouragement and praise from Whanau, friends and those who continue to be inspired by my work.
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