Inspired by the Māori legend of Earth Mother. Papatuanuku celebrating her six daughters in the heavens and the twinkling eye of all our ancestors who look down on us. Matariki is celebrated during Winter Solstice as a time of renewal and connection of whanau past and present.
Queenstown-born artist, Ira Mitchell is a trained teacher and BFA graduate. She is also an artist-educator for GOLDEN paints of New York, where she travels annually to train and show. A nomad by nature, she moves constantly to create images in locations that inspire her. Her work is informed by the bold palette of David Hockney, collages of Henri Matisse, and childhood delights of Eric Carl who created the Very Hungry Caterpillar.