Matariki Festival 2016
Ngati Paoa were the first tribe to host the annual Matariki Festival (Maori new year) alongside Auckland Council in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Using a product that produces a waterproof surface when the surrounding surface is wet, we produced a large scale art work onto the street outside Britomart Train Station named 'Hauhake' (harvest) that was revealed through a public opening. It was an absolute honour & privilege to not only represent Janines' tribe but to have been chosen for such a special time in the history of the city. Thank you to Auckland Council, Matariki Festival, kaumatua from Ngāti Paoa & Ngāti Whātua & all who attended.
Festival of Pacific Arts
Guåhån 2016 - NZ Delegation
We had the priviledge of attending at the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 Guåhån (Guam) as members of the Aotearoa Creative NZ delegation. The first urban contemporary artists' to have been given the priviledge to attend & paint large scale murals, we gifted the nation with two of their endemic birds.
Thank you to the Festpac committe, Department of Conservation & Wildlife, the local cultural groups, school children & all who attended our blessings or visited throughout the 19 days we were there. The Sihek & Koko bird are beautiful specimens of micronesian birdlife & we had the honour of bringing awareness again to their plight - Hafa adai!
1st place winner -
Ono'u graffiti festival Tahiti 2015
TMD - The Most Dedicated
After placing in the top 10 finalists of the first event in 2014, Charles returned in May 2015 to take out the top spot at the Ono'u Graffiti Festival in Tahiti!
A 5 day event challenging some of the worlds' top talent by way of stages each day, the outcome is a great achievement & has again put NZ back to top of the graffiti art world again!
Charles is a founding member & president of TMD (The Most Dedicated est. 1996), a family of creatives including urban contemporary artists, photographers, illustrators, graffiti artists' & designers from around the world who are invited to join the crew (with Janine joining in 1999).
From humble beginnings out in West Auckland, TMD have made a mark on the urban & street art scene globally over the past few decades. Consecutive winners of the world Write4Gold Graffiti Art Championships (Germany) in 2006 & 2008, TMD continues to represent quality, creativity & cutting edge thinking around the world to this day!
Guinness Book of Records
Worlds longest graffiti scroll
Ironlak writer team
Artist series custom spraycan
In November 2014, Charles was invited to participate at the Rehlatna event in Dubai. A world record attempt for the longest graffiti scroll, he was 1 of 3 NZ urban contemporary artists involved in this project.
There for 8 days they painted a main section of the wall each & collaborated in what was a visual history of the country as part of the 42nd International Day celebrations. At a record 2245.4m long, their participation in this event has secured the record attempt & is an exciting highlight in his career.
Charles is a fully sponsored member of the Ironlak Family Team & is one of three NZ artists to have a signature spray can in their permanent colour range - Phat1 True Royal.
The team is a collection of street artists from around the world who have been chosen to represent the Ironlak brand. Charles has travelled to Australia, China, Tahiti, Miami, Dubai & various other countries promoting his art & this family company.
First fine art print
Art in Oceania
Although we've been painting for a few decades now, it has always been with a spray can (& the occasional acrylic dabble). In 2015 we launched our first collaborative full colour screen print with the amazing Glenn Taylor from Gold Award Winning Artrite Screenprinting in Onehunga.
An edition of 50, the title 'Home Land Sea' (750mm x 560mm) was printed onto archival high quality cotton art paper using light fast inks, personally hand signed & numbered. The original image was spray painted onto an internal wall 2 x 3.5m, photographed by Rimoni & seperated into a CMYK screen process including a spot gloss over the Tui. With the acceptance of our first home alongside the journey we've been on using manu (birds) as the language of our urban Māori contemporary art style, the title encompasses all of the aspects of our current season in life.
Art in Oceania reinterprets icons of Oceanic art in the context of the colonial encounters that shaped them, and brings the story of Oceania’s modernisms into view as part of contemporary history.
A highlight for our career was having a full page photo & mention of work we painted in Otara, South Auckland as part of this award winning publication. We are proud to think that we have helped to re-define Pacific art culture in a modern context & understanding,