Artist Profile: Clive Ernest Fugill

Tainui, Ngati Ranginui

Born 1949, Clive Fugill was of seven successful applicants for the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute’s first intake for a three year carver training course. He commenced his training in January 1967 and graduated December 1969. Five of the graduates from that course returned to the Institute for post-graduate training. Clive and two others were retained by the Institute to develop their skills under the watchful eye of the late Master Carver, Hone Taiapa.

With the passing of Hone Taiapa, the Institute secured the services of another Master Carver, but unfortunately he resigned in April 1981 to pursue his own carving career. However by this time the three graduates from the Institutes first intake, which included Clive, had developed their skills and maturity, enabling them to continue the Institute’s traditional carving programme.

With a high degree of competency as senior carvers they were appointed as equal controllers of the programme in April 1981. The programme had by this stage expanded to the extent that the Institute had an annual quota of 12 carvers, and 10 graduate carvers in varying degrees of post-graduate development.

In September 1982 and December 1983 two of the senior carvers left the Institute to pursue other careers. Clive was promoted to the position of Master Carver as it was seen by the Institute as appropriate that their first Graduate of Honour take such a position which recognized the skills imparted to him through knowledge handed down from generation to generation.

Clive has worked on over 12 meeting houses, supervising the carving on at least six. He has traveled to Japan, New Guinea, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, United States and Thailand demonstrating his art.
He has completed carvings for Royalty and Heads of State and for many embassies around the world. He is an original member of the Te Waka Toi Carvers Steering Committee.

Clive has completed over 30 years as a Master carver to the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and over 45 years service with the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, making him the longest serving employee.