80cm circular painting on canvas. Featuring the great wave of Kanakawa, Maori waka's, Team NZ during the America's cup, and the San Fransico Bridge depecting the story of a nation of proud sailors.
This painting is a combination of a famous painting called “The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Japanese Artist Hokusai, the ancient myths of Maui and his Ancestors travelling from Hawaiki to New Zealand and the 2013 America’s cup race in San Francisco USA. Showing our history and how sailing/fishing/pioneering and adventure is an integral part of kiwis lives.
According to various oral traditions, Polynesians migrated from Hawaiki to the islands of the Pacific Ocean in open canoes, little different from the traditional craft found in Polynesia today. The Māori people of New Zealand trace their ancestry to groups of people who reportedly travelled from Hawaiki in about 40 named canoes (waka) (compare the discredited Great Fleet theory of the Polynesian settlement of New Zealand). Polynesian oral traditions say that the spirits of Polynesian people return to Hawaiki after death. In the New Zealand context, such return-journeys take place via Spirits Bay, Cape Reinga and the Three Kings Islands at the extreme north of the North Island of New Zealand — giving a possible pointer as to the direction in which Hawaiki may lie Maui is the gifted, clever demigod of Polynesian mythology responsible for fishing up the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. After a miraculous birth and upbringing Maui won the affection of his supernatural parents, taught useful arts to mankind, snared the sun and tamed fire. But one of his most famous feats was fishing up the North Island.
The 34th America's Cup was a series of boat races held on San Francisco Bay between the defender Oracle Team USA representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, and the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Oracle Team USA defended the America's Cup by a score of 9 to 8. Oracle, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison and skippered by James Spithill, had to win the last eight races to come from behind to once again win the oldest trophy in international sport. Team New Zealand won the right to challenge for the Cup by winning the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup. The 34th America's Cup was the longest ever Cup by both number of days and races, and the first to feature a "winner takes all" final race since the 25th America's Cup.