Louis Mikaere, recipient of the 2017 Janet Law Scholarship by The Learning Connexion, always enjoyed drawing and creating things, but had never thought of it as a viable career option.
"I was only inspired to produce art at the start of this year. I was sick of my job and decided to study in July, then never looked back. Studying art has opened my eyes to the art world and introduced me to people who are doing amazing things through art."
Louis’ graphic and 3D artwork is heavily influenced by his Māori culture and background, and he wishes to pass it on others, as it was passed on to him from his ancestors.
“My Tipuna (ancestors) did amazing things that enabled me to be here today. Culturally and artistically I will always pay tribute to Māoritanga (my Māori culture), to enable others, younger and old generations, of all races, to learn more about Māori heritage.”
Materials: Wood, paint, flax and plastic
Dimensions: 450mm x 400mm
Artist’s description: This piece is heavily influenced by traditional Māori carving and design. It is an airship with a Māori twist to it. A Kanohi (face) is painted and carved beneath the waka which viewers would look up and view as the waka airship flew above them.
Materials: Ink and pencil
Artist’s description: "Tamoko, traditional Māori patterns are used in this piece. It was influenced by Tamoko all over New Zealand. It is an experimental research piece."
To find out more about the Janet Law Scholarship, what other scholarships are available, and how to apply for one, visit www.tlc.ac.nz/enrolment/scholarships or call 0800 ART POWER (0800 278 76937).