Pullman, Auckland will celebrate Māori New Year 2019 with an immersive evening of art on June 27, featuring Michel Tuffery MNZM, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. Matariki Art Evening will be a lively showcase of artists from the local region, Australia and around the world, with artists engaging with guests along with live music, Māori performances, and a live art auction in support of Cure Kids, New Zealand. Pullman Auckland will present the works of artists such as Michel Tuffery MNZM, Lucie Blaze, Tess Costil, Amanda Betts, Johnny Romeo, Gillie & Marc and others for Matariki Art Evening, with several works set to remain on displayed over the next six months.
About the artworks and artists
The main artist featured on the evening will be Michel Tuffery MNZM, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian heritage, who will present a series of emblematic sculptures, paintings and moving image installations.
Gillie and Marc are a husband and wife Sydney-based team of contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one. Gillie and Marc’s iconic characters, Rabbitgirl and Dogman, tell their own spectacular love story while celebrating the powerful spiritual relationship that can exist between man and animal. Their work has received acclaim worldwide and is held in collections both nationally and internationally. Gillie & Marc’s creative pieces will be on display in the Tapestry Dining and Pullman Lounge.
Putting the spotlight on female local heroines is Lucie Blaze, originally from the Czech Republic and now New Zealand based, who will wow guests on entry with her display of custom made skateboard decks designed to inspire the community and youth. Her art exhibits will be displayed on the wall near the hotel’s Front Desk.
Tess Costil is a young artist illustrating her devotion to the aesthetics and the finer details flourished into a desire to express herself through digital collages portrayed with bold colours and energetic compositions made with vibrant and explosive arrangements. Her digital collages will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel.
Designer of custom made jackets and founder of Bridge the Gap project, Amanda Betts’ work will be displayed alongside Tess Costil’s digital collages. As a youth mentor, Amanda uses the arts to help and mentor young people through learning, workshops, events and identifying and nurturing their creativity.
Internationally acclaimed Australian painter, Johny Romeo, is considered Australia’s foremost Pop artist and is leading the global charge of Neo-Expressionist Pop art with his exhilaratingly colourful collision of rock’n’roll swagger, comic book aesthetics, Neo-Expressionism, Grindhouse intensity and street art. Described by GQ Magazine Australia as ‘part punk, part pop’, Romeo fuses vibrant Technicolour imagery with urban grittiness. His artwork will be displayed in the main ballroom corridor.