Lorene Taurerewa

In 1996, New Zealand-born Lorene Taurerewa graduated BFA (Painting) from the Quay School of Fine Arts, Wanganui. Two years later she graduated with a Diploma of Teaching, (Secondary Fine Art) from Massey University, and in 2001 spent a year of study in an MA Programme at the Auckland University of Technology. She has received numerous grants and a number of awards including, in 1997, winning the Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award. From 2001-2008, Taurerewa held the position of Lecturer for Drawing, School of Design, Victoria University, Wellington. Her drawings can range from monumental (2m high) charcoal portraits with a commanding presence, to works on paper on a delicate scale, suspended in groups from the ceiling . Taking inspiration from her Samoan, Chinese and European ancestry, Taurerewa weaves personal and family historical narrative into her powerful drawings. She is now working and exhibiting in New York, as well as maintaining an exhibition presence in New Zealand.

Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne

Mark Amery, ‘The Otherworldliness of Lorene Taurerewa’, Dominion Post, ARTS, April 2009
Warwick Brown, ‘Seen this Century’, Random House, New Zealand, 2009
Mark Amery, ‘Samoan Shadow Play’ Dominion Post, May 2008
ArtAsiaPacific, Almanac, New York, pg 251 2007
Wolgan Misool, Korean Arts Monthly Magazine, February issue pp. 55, Korea 2007
‘No Made’ Catalogue: The National Arts Studio: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2007
Spasifik Magazine ‘Connecting with the Past’, January\February, PP 90, 2007
Rebecca Rice, ‘Julian Dashper, Te huringa/Turning Points, Lorene Taurerewa’, Art New Zealand: pp. 44-45 Spring Issue 2006
Exhibition Catalogue, Journey of 1000 Miles, Sarjeant Gallery, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006
Exhibition Catalogue, ‘IASK’ Curated by The National Arts Studio: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2006
Mary Bryan, ‘Results of amazing Journey on display at Sarjeant Gallery’ Wanganui Chronicle, p3, August 2006
Asia New Zealand Foundation Magazine, Article, 2006
‘Lorene Taurerewa’ Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Newsletter, June 2006
Owen Davidson, ‘Spirit and Form, The Art of Lorene Taurerewa’ Art New Zealand, pp 58-61, November 2005
Linda Chalmers, ‘The Arrival of Contemporary Pacific’ New Zealand Investor Monthly, p.3, March 2005
‘Dolly Mix (W)rappers’, Catalogue: Curated by Leafa Wilson, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, 2002

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