This artwork combines three Māori designs; the Tiki, the Wheku & the Manaia. Each is crafted from plantation grown gaboon using laser technology and boasts super fine detail & Pāua inlay. The artwork pieces are mounted on a lightly toned koru background with black matt board surround in a custom glass covered shadow box frame with related story to back. (Overall size 560mm x 295mm x 33mm)
Each artwork is signed by the artist and included on the back is his bio, along with detailed artwork meanings and mythology for each element.
About the Artist
Aeon’s beginnings, like many businesses, grew from a passion – owner Mike Carlton has always been passionate about art, and Māori art/design. In 1990, when tiny Katikati township (Eastern Bay of Plenty) was struggling, he was one of a number of volunteers who believed that by depicting the unique history of the area with painted murals on the walls of the town, visitor numbers would increase. Mike’s role included fundraising for the now famous murals, and involved making screen-printed Kauri coasters with mural artwork, and selling them through local craft outlets.
Mike is of Ngāti Whakaue descent, and inherited much of his mother’s artistic talent. Technology, in the form of New Zealand’s first laser engraver was introduced in 1993; this enabled Mike to produce, to minute detail, many forms of multi layered carving and ethnic pieces; Aeon Giftware currently operates three laser engravers. The entire process, from conception, designs, programming, manufacturing, assembling, and guaranteed delivery times is challenging, and combines artistic talent, sound business sense and practice with leading edge technology.