Mafia

Henry Wilson
1998

Type Wall Hangings
Title Mafia
Measurements.Dimensions 1.80m x .90m
Materials.Support Calico
Materials.Medium Dye
Techniques Batik
Techniques Hand-Painted
Creator.Personal name Henry Wilson
Role Artist
Date.Creation 1998
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Digital image.
Location.Current Site Private Collection
ID Number.NZDA Number poi_ap_hewi_003
Style/Period.Period 1990s
Style/Period.Style Pacifica
Influenced by Samoan Tapa. This is a traditional cloth generated from the bark of the paper mulberry tree, and is unique to the Pacific.
Culture Pacific
Culture Samoan
Subject Hand, eyes, figures, pacific patterns, text.
Subject Family Relationships.
Henry Wilson says ”This painting represents the family values and morals that are important in my family. The affiliation of characteristics which they live by - which are more important than the emotive things they conjure up. The motifs have strong Pacific design orientation, marks and inscriptions. The two colours represent the positive and negative, the two sides of life which are always present”
Subject Samoan identification.
Relation.part of Course work from Certificate in Applied Design for Fabric
One year fabric printing course, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Description Henry is a working Samoan Artist who is strongly influenced by his culture and uses this imagery in his work. He has a unique contemporary Pacific style, reflected in his use of colour and the strength of pattern in his designs. He has used text in the work to emphasise things which are important to him, trust, prayers, respect, education, pride.
Source Henry Wilson
Henry provided comments about his work in 1999.
Source Jean Clarkson
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation.
Rights Henry Wilson.
Permission has been given by the artist to present this work in the NZDA.

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