Artist Profile: Fred Harrison



Fred Harrison
Aitanga-A-Mate, Nga-Puhi, Ngati-Porou-Ki-Haratauenga

Carver/Mixed Media

I am the youngest son of the late master carver Paki Harrison. Most of my younger life was spent learning from dad. I was about four years old when he created Whai-Ora Wharenui. I would watch and help and in his later years I became his driver to ensure he could fulfill the desires and obligations he felt for his people.
I have learnt many processes of traditional Maori arts starting with Kowhaiwhai at Te Poho-o-Tipene when I was about twelve, under dad’s instruction with Peter Boyd.
I have worked on many wharenui projects with dad, Nga Kete Wananga (M.I.T) adzing ,carving and also tuku-tuku. Other projects include, Manurewa Marae, Horouta and Tane-nui-a-rangi (Auckland University), just to name a few. These functioning wharenui play a vital role in the education of our people today.
I was fortunate in life to always be surrounded by wonderful exponents of the Maori arts, people with drive and skill.
I now work with wood, stone, bone, glass, silver, compound resin, paint and computer graphics and also have a background in Music. I have played and toured NZ with bands like Billy TK jJnr Blues Band, have worked with Mana Band and was part of Dam Native Band and many others. During the 90’s I played Jazz around the Auckland circuit but have played for reggae bands, blues and rock.
My years of work in the field of music, has been enhanced by new understandings of cymatics and the power of sound and frequency from a science perspective in particular sound as a force of creation.