16th October 2019
Tauranga City Council and Tauranga Art Gallery proudly present 'Home'.
This exhibition celebrates local artist, Mr G (Graham Hoete) who is recognised internationally for his large-scale, spray painted portraits. Mr G’s international profile was launched when he offered to paint a portrait of ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan’s pit bull, Daddy, as part of his early 2010 project called Dogathon 100 - painting 100 dogs in a year.
This led to a dog portrait for Hollywood stars Ice T and Coco, then onto large-scale portraits of world-famous celebrities including Prince, Pink and Lebron James - spreading his work around the world from Sydney to the United States and Scotland. He has also painted portraits of many kiwi legends like Joseph Parker, Steven Adams and Sir Edmund Hillary to name just a few.
While he could live anywhere in the world, Mr G resides in Papamoa. His deep affection for his whanau and whenua has him settled in Tauranga Moana, the perfect place for his first solo exhibition.
Mr G’s exhibition will explore the theme of haukāinga (home), including his and his family’s connection to Matakana and Motiti Islands.
Tauranga Art Gallery, 108 Willow St, Tauranga
Saturday 09 November to Friday 31 January
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