Proudly presented in partnership with Tauranga City Council, this exhibition celebrates local artist, Mr G (Graham Hoete) who is recognised internationally for his large-scale, spray painted portraits.
Mr G’s international profile was launched when he offered to paint a portrait of ‘The Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan’s pit bull “Daddy”, as part of his early 2010 project called Dogathon 100; painting 100 dogs in a year.
This lead to a dog portrait for Hollywood stars Ice T and Coco, then onto large-scale portraits of world-famous celebrities including Prince, Pink and Lebron James; spreading his work around the world, from Sydney to the United States and Scotland.
He has also painted portraits of many kiwi legends like Joseph Parker, Steven Adams and Sir Edmund Hillary to name just a few.
While he could live anywhere in the world, Mr G resides in Papamoa. His deep affection for his whanau and whenua has him rooted to Tauranga Moana; the perfect place and theme for his first solo exhibition.
Mr G’s exhibition will explore the theme of haukāinga (home), including his and his family’s connection to Matakana and Motiti Islands.
“Having my own show I can share what’s dear to my heart, celebrate my roots and what better place to do it than Tauranga Moana” Mr G
Over the past year, Mr G has also been learning the art of whakairo (Māori carving) from master carver Todd Couper. Mr G will feature this technique throughout the exhibition, along with his more traditional photorealism ‘G’ series portraits, a portrait of his grandparents painted on a tin shed (taken from Matakana Island and reinstalled in the Gallery), video content and a special piece that will be unveiled at the exhibition opening.
“This is a great opportunity to work with the Tauranga City Council to celebrate such a well-known local artist. We are proud to be hosting his inaugural solo exhibition, especially as it celebrates this beautiful region”
Alice Hutchison, Director, Tauranga Art Gallery
Keep up-to-date on Mr G’s progress as he creates work for the exhibition by following him on Facebook and register for the Tauranga Art Gallery’s fortnightly newsletter for updates throughout the year.