The Fantail...Pohutukawa
Jo Gallagher

The Fantail...Pohutukawa

The fantail or pīwakawaka - (Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis)

According to Maori mythology, the piwakawaka refused to tell Maui where his ancestress Mahuika kept fire hidden. In retaliation Maui took the bird and squeezed it so hard that its eyes nearly popped out, hence their prominence now.

"This new collection allows me to explore the fun there is to be had with language, symbolism and entrenched beliefs in a quirky, humorous way."

Living in the small King Country settlement of Piopio provides Jo with rich visual and personal influences. Jo is an established King Country artist working primarily as a contemporary realist but  more recently she has begun to add another layer of interest into her compositions – that of humour!

400mm diameter

Acrylic on plywood board