Artist - Nic Tucker
"I graduated from Dunedin School of Art in 1992. I have awards in painting, 3D work, photography and drawing and have community commendations in art. I taught art at secondary level for 22 yrs and have taken tertiary courses in art.
I am from Ngai Tahu and Ngati Kahungunu descent. I was born in Invercargill and lived all around NZ to the top in Ahipara (west of Kaitaia).
I understand the importance of land and its connection to the people which is a big inspiration of my woodcuts. I enjoy travelling around NZ inspiring my imagery, reflecting its power and beauty of Aotearoa, translated through the medium of woodblock carving and hand printing techniques.
I have a large printing press and love printing up the larger major works. The works are Japanese woodcut style in which each colour is an inked up block of wood, until the final key or drawing block is printed over the top of the colours to make sense of the whole image."