No matter how many times I see a Kākā screech past my window it never gets old. I get the same buzz I did as a kid watching the RNZAF Skyhawks and Strikemasters blitz past my country school. This is the second in the series of my Squadron prints, the first being the Tuī-inspired Kowhai Squadron. Now I think Tuī are nutters, but Kākā take it to the next level – they are unhinged loons. They are involved in a lot of dogfights – usually with their mates – and they seem to think everyone in the area needs to know about it.
This is a 3-colour screenprint on G.F Smith Colorplan 270gsm ‘Stone’ coloured stock, hand-signed, numbered and embossed edition of 100. 550 × 550 mm.
This is the final in my Wattlebird gig poster series, Tīeke Tour.
Once unceremoniously ‘expatriated’ from New Zealand’s mainland and exiled to perform only on small islands, the Tīeke (Saddleback) has yet to fully recover to tour its homeland once again. Unlike the Tuī, Kākā, Kererū, Riroriro (and even Karearea!) that regularly fly past my window, I’m yet to spot a Tīeke.
Screen-printed in two colours on 216gsm Environment paper stock ala Kōkako Come Back and The Huia Show. Availabel in the North ‘Taranga’ Edition, and South ‘Taukihepa’ Edition. 750mm × 500mm, edition of 60 each, hand-signed and embossed.
Also available in a remixed A4-sized letterpress edition.
This is the third and final individual gig poster design in the Wattlebirds series. The Tīeke (aka Saddleback) were unceremoniously expatriated from mainland New Zealand due to the introduction of stoats, rats and other undesirables. Fortunately they didn’t go the way of their Huia relatives, and managed to survive on islands and continue to perform their popular tunes. A mainland comeback tour may be on the cards.
The titling font is my custom design based on the proportions of Trade Gothic. This is an A4 letterpress piece, printed by Magpie Press on 500 gsm Somerset stock, signed and limited to 70.
This poster promotes the entirely-historically-accurate nationwide tour of the classical-birdsong-performing Wattle Bird Quartet. The WBQ was made up of the Kōkako of Come Back Tour fame, the Tīeke from the soon to be released Tīeke Tour, and squad-leaders Mr and Mrs Huia – the very same featured in my earlier print The Huia Show.
The header typeface is my customised version of Engravers MT, with Joseph Churchward’s Newstype in support.
This is screen-printed with black on metallic gold cast-coated 250 gsm stock, that has a beautiful gloss finish. Limited to 70, signed and embossed. Big A2 size for your framing convenience. Available from the usual fine outlets, online from EndemicWorld.
This is the second edition of my first print, Sing. It’s printed in metallic silver and white inks on black Notturno 250gsm stock and looks lush. The typefaces are all designed by kiwi Joseph Churchward, and the birds, in their Māori and English names, are all New Zealand natives. This is a hand-signed edition of 80 – it was supposed to be 87 in celebration of certain events featuring the same digits, but quality control took priority. Available soon now from my stockists Endemic World and the others mentioned in the Purchasing section to the right.
This book has recently been published by PAULNACHE, one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art dealers. It’s a look back at the last 10 years of Wellington-based artist Robert McLeod’s amazing body of work. Go here for loads of photos showing the design of the book. McLeod’s paintings are brilliant, see some more of his work here or on his Facebook page.
Even though I’m a fan of the Magpie (of the avian and Hawke’s Bay rugby variety), my loyalty lies with the Tui. This letterpress piece rounds off the Kowhai Squadron suite. Brilliantly and somewhat ironically printed for me by Magpie Press in two colours on cream 600 gsm Saunders Waterford fine art board, 220mm x 220mm. Available at Endemicworld.