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Three Huia in The Pohutukawa Tree

Three Huia in The Pohutukawa Tree




The huia (Māori: [ˈhʉia]; Heteralocha acutirostris) was the largest species of New Zealand wattlebird, endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. It became extinct in the early 20th century due to deforestation and human consumption.

The three Huia depicted in this painting are of female birds that can be identified by the long arched downward beak, male beaks were short and stout.

The morph of modern order and development is identified by the road depicted as State Highway 2 travelling through to Opotiki and a Pohutukawa silhouette tunnel travelling into the main town district.

The juxtaposition of time is represented in precedence of the Huia before roading and state highways, the birds have been painted in our modern New Zealand context.

The Artist uses the play of light to denote a transcendental elevation, whilst giving homage to the majestic bird… and makes you wonder what it would be like if they still existed?


Limited edition archival canvas prints are available.

Archival prints are stretched on a wooden frame.


Size: 720mm x 400mm approx.


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