Kauri Hawkins is a sculptural artist who is of Ngai Tamanuhiri , Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata and Ngati Pahauwera whakapapa. Currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. Hawkins recently graduated from Massey University with a BFA(Hons) degree, Hawkins create’s works using found objects and re-purposes these objects within cultural narratives
Hawkins has shown throughout Central Wellington galleries and also in Hobart, Tasmania for the inaugural Hobienale. It’s hard to put Hawkins into a particular practice or subject of investigation, he works with materials such as road signs, cones, basketball jerseys, cigarettes and hi-viz. Hawkins challenges these objects cultural significance through his work as a means or self reflection and expression.
Kauri has a big year ahead in 2019 being involved with Waiheke Sculpture on the Gulf and looking to commence his studies for an MMVA with Massey University Palmerston North