George Nuku

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George Nuku is a highly regarded Maori Artist working in stone, bone, wood, shell and polystyrene.  His works range from delicate jade and pearl amulets, stone sculptures of life size through to two story high Polynesian demi-gods and Maori cultural heroes.   He carries the tradition of his people handed down for thousands of years in an artform that promises to expand life and enhance survival.  He is well known in New Zealand and his work is highly sought after by the rich and poor alike.


New Zealand Shows include: Te Maori Exhibition 1985.  Te Ohonga Auckland War Memorial Museum 1986, 1990 -2000 solo and groups shows at Te Taumata and Mataora Art Galleries, Archill Gallery, Maunga Whau, Compendium, Gallery Pacific, Strange Cargo gallery, El Puente.  Auckland Museum, Dowse Museum, Waitangi Day celebration exhibitions each year.  Cultural Festivals such as Pasifika, annually.  A featured Artist in Te Urupatu a contemporary Maori art exhibition in the cow paddocks of Ruatoki, a pivotal Maori art exhibition for the people.

Overseas Exhibitions: Zooterneer Netherlands 2000. Featured Artist in One Giant Leap Documentary (England). Tahitian Festival, Tahiti 2002.   Telluride Gallery Colorado 2003.  National Geographic Office Washington DC.  Exposition at Native American Community House New York.


Magazines: In Style (NZ), Mana (NZ), NZ Fashion Quarterly, Vogue (USA), Elle (USA) Cosmopolitan (France).  A supplement booklet on The House of TaongaCASA magazine (Italy). GQ New York.Pacific Patterns 2007, Pasifika Styles, Artists inside the Museum 2008.  Mau Moko Art of Maori Tattoo 2009, Museum Ethnology Group Journal 2009, Pacific Arts Association Magazine 2009, Routhledge World Art Journal 2010. La Collection Musee du Quay Branly 2010.

Other Work

Film Director music video’s, Art directing advertising, television set design (Maori TV), feature films (Once Were Warriors). Supreme winner of Ellerslie Garden Show.  Art Teacher and Speaker. Short film-‘Moko-art of Nature’ placed in finals of RES FEST 2003 international film festival in NYC.   Director of the House Of Taonga, a house that protects and facilitates the flow of Maori art into the world.


Pasifika Styles, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2006-8)

Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia 1760-1860: Resource room, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2006)

Power and Taboo: British Museum, London,  (2007)Border Crossings.  Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London (2009)

NZ Room @ Venice, Venice Biennale, Italy (2009)

Ethknowcentrix: Museums Inside the Museum, October Gallery London (2009)

James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific, Resource room: Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany (August 2009)

Mana Waka Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (2009 -2010)

Skin: The Welcome Trust Centre, London (2010)

Mana Maori, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden (2010-2011)

Galerie Meyer, 17 Rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris (Oct 2011)

Koko, 75 Rue Charlot, Paris (Oct 2011)

House of Taonga @ Moa Room, 38 Rue de Malte, Paris (Oct 2011)

Solo exhibitions

The Pasifik Styles of George Nuku, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton, Middlesbrough (2008)

Felix Pakhuis, Antwerp, Belgium (2010)

Permanent installations

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum  Outdoor Stone sculpture (2008)

Living & Dying, Welcome Trust Gallery, British Museum, London (2009)

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum: Museum entrance installation Te Ao Kuki (World of Cook) (2009)

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum: Te Awarino (River of Steel) Waka Installation(2010)

Facing the Sea, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland (June 2011)

Museum an de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium (May 2011)

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Rouen Oceania Display Installation (May 2011)

Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden  Outdoor Stone sculpture (2011)


Artefacts of Encounter: 1765-1840, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge (April 2012)

Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany (April – September 2012)

Olympic village, London 2012

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (September 2012)

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