I’ve just released a new open-run of my Kōkako Come Back print in some new colourways, only available at Endemic World. The original screenprint editions of 35 sold out really quickly so for those that missed out, here’s a chance to get one. These are gallery-quality giclée prints, using UltraChrome K3 archival inks on 210 gsm matt art paper. Available in three colours that match the respective bird’s wattles – Blue for the North Island, Yellow for the South, and a new Pink edition for the baby Kōkako.
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 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 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.
I always thought this crass kiwi saying was pretty wrong – but what if this crude proclamation was actually a heartfelt rumination on one’s true love? Well, if it was, you’d letterpress 30 copies in gold on black Somerset card. 320 x 219 mm. The base typeface is a blackletter called Agincourt by David Quay. Printing by none other than Magpie Press. Available at Endemic World; or if you’re in Wanaka, bowl in to The Wonder Room to check it out.
And just in case you can’t read it, here’s the starting point…